# Thread: "At the first time" vs "The first time"

1. ## "At the first time" vs "The first time"

Can someone please tell me which of the following is correct? (It may be confusing, and if you find it to be so, please let me know so that I can edit it)

-The first time that I picked up the cup, I spilled the water.

or

-At the first time that I picked up the cup, I spilled the water.

Thank you for your time.

2. ## Re: "At the first time" vs "The first time"

Originally Posted by IWantToKnow
Can someone please tell me which of the following is correct? (It may be confusing, and if you find it to be so, please let me know so that I can edit it)

-The first time that I picked up the cup, I spilled the water.

or

-At the first time that I picked up the cup, I spilled the water.

Thank you for your time.
The first is correct and natural. You could omit the "that" if you wish.

3. ## Re: "At the first time" vs "The first time"

Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
The first is correct and natural. You could omit the "that" if you wish.
I appreciate the swiftness of your reply, but could you please explain why the second is wrong, as opposed to the first? Again, thank you for answering the question.

4. ## Re: "At the first time" vs "The first time"

Originally Posted by IWantToKnow
I appreciate the swiftness of your reply, but could you please explain why the second is wrong, as opposed to the first? Again, thank you for answering the question.
I just doesn't seem natural to me.

5. ## Re: "At the first time" vs "The first time"

Thanks for trying, but unfortunately this was not the answer I was looking for.

On a more hopeful note, would anyone like to contribute a legitimate reason as for why the first sentence is better than the second one?

6. ## Re: "At the first time" vs "The first time"

The second probably isn't grammatically wrong. But I bet among all the people you ask, 9 out of 10 would go for the first. Sometimes statistics just prevail over grammatical legitimacy.
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7. ## Re: "At the first time" vs "The first time"

Originally Posted by IWantToKnow

...would anyone like to contribute a legitimate reason as for why the first sentence is better than the second one?
You're a native speaker, IWantToKnow. You must be aware that certain arrangements of words don't collocate (go naturally together).

'At the first time' is not a natural collocation and that's a perfectly 'legitimate reason' why the first sentence is better than the second.

Rover

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