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    It was the first time to visit an Indian restaurant- What is the mistake?

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    "It was the first time for us to visit an Indian restaurant!"
    This sentence sounds wrong to me . I feel it should be "It was the first time we visited an Indian restaurant." I would really welcome convincing explanations for why the first sentence is not correct.

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    Re: It was the first time to visit an Indian restaurant- What is the mistake?

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    Unfortunately, I'm not well-versed enough in the finer points of grammar to tell you precisely why that first sentence is wrong. I can tell you it would sound somewhat better if you used the present progressive instead of an infinitive. Your second sentence is fine, though I'd personally make it past perfect.
    Last edited by SlickVic9000; 13-Apr-2013 at 19:31.

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    Re: It was the first time to visit an Indian restaurant- What is the mistake?

    I rarely answer questions that are claimed to be 'urgent', but I'm making an exception because contexts that would justify a present progressive are very rare - and certainly not after the simple past ('was'). 'Could you give me some guidance on ordering, please? We are visiting an Indian reastaurant for the first time' - that would be possible, though a present/present perfect combination would be more likely: 'This is the first time we 've visited an Indian restaurant.'

    Outside an exam or a class, you could get away with using no verb at all apart from 'is': 'This is our first time in/visit to an Indian restaurant.'

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    Re: It was the first time to visit an Indian restaurant- What is the mistake?

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    Just forget about that first sentence. Here's how a native would say it:

    "It was our first time visiting an Indian restaurant."
    "It was our first visit to an Indian restaurant."
    "It was our first time in an Indian restaurant."

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    Re: It was the first time to visit an Indian restaurant- What is the mistake?

    It was our first time at an Indian restaurant.
    It was our first visit to an Indian restaurant.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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