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    win first place

    Lucy won ___ first place in the speech competition.

    A. / B. the


    I know A is more common. But is answer B absolutely wrong in this case?

    Thanks!

    Jason

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    Re: win first place

    If you substitute prize for place you have a sentence that all English speakers would understand and consider correct, whether the definite article is used or not.

    I you insist on "place", I think "Lucy won first place in the speech competition" would sound fine and always be used in AmE.

    I have heard "won the first place" in Indian English, and considered it dialect.

    But I can't answer for the case of BrE.
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    Re: win first place

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    If you substitute prize for place you have a sentence that all English speakers would understand and consider correct, whether the definite article is used or not.

    I you insist on "place", I think "Lucy won first place in the speech competition" would sound fine and always be used in AmE.

    I have heard "won the first place" in Indian English, and considered it dialect.

    But I can't answer for the case of BrE.
    That goes for BrE speakers, too.

    Rover

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