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Finn: Well, it's quite exciting really. I've just entered the blogosphere for the first time!
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English grammar rules say that with "This is the first time" we have to use present perfect. Question: Does the same rule apply to "For the first time?"
From my point of view, "This is the first time" and "For the first time" are interchangeable, arenít they? As a result, they go with present perfect. Would you enlighten me? Am I right?
Last year, I ate sushi for the first time.
I am watching a ballet at the moment, and I am enjoying the experience for the first time in my life.
My mother is going to see her great granddaughter for the first time tomorrow.
You could not replace 'for the first time' with 'this is the first time' in any of those sentences.