I know what "the first show" means. But what does "a first show" mean? Can anyone give me an example sentence?
Last edited by BobK; 24-Jan-2013 at 11:41. Reason: Clarified
Live at the Aquarius Theatre: The First Performance is a double live album and comprises two performances given by American rock band The Doors on 21 July 1969. This first set contains the recordings of only the first show.
'It was surpisingly good - especially when you consider the fact that it's a first show.'
This could also be '...the fact that it's the first show produced by N in the professional theatre'. The use of 'a' suggests that it's good in comparison with other producers' first shows. (A lot of teachers would probably hold that the implication is insignificant, and that I'm being over-sensitive [and introducing non-existent complications]. 'You pays your money and takes your choice.' )
That's a good reference, especially this bit:
The saying is of course taken to mean that it is entirely up to you which of the available choices you spend your money on, although there is also the unspoken implication that there isn't actually that much difference between the choices on offer.