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    the first, next to do (always with 'be'?)

    Hi,

    I would like to ask if 'the first to do/ the next to do/ the second to do' should be used only with the verb 'be'? I always see that structure used with 'be' in dictionaries such as: http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/first_4

    - I always thought my sister would be the first to get married.

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    Re: the first, next to do (always with 'be'?)

    I found examples where 'become' is used.
    http://fraze.it/n_search.jsp?q=%22be...2&l=0&sugg=off
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    #3

    Re: the first, next to do (always with 'be'?)

    Those phrases can be used with many verbs:

    I always thought my sister would be the first to graduate from a college.

    I always thought my sister would be the first to buy a house.

    I always thought my sister would be the first to have a baby.

    etc.

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    Re: the first, next to do (always with 'be'?)

    I always thought my sister would be the first to die.

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    Re: the first, next to do (always with 'be'?)

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Those phrases can be used with many verbs:

    I always thought my sister would be the first to graduate from a college.
    etc.
    I mean the verb before 'the first/second/next, etc.' For example:

    - I would like to talk to the first to arrive here.
    - I would like to talk to the first to buy that house.

    Are they OK?

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    #6

    Re: the first, next to do (always with 'be'?)

    Ah! For your first, I would add "person" after "first".

    Your second is odd. Usually only one person buys a particular house.

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