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    #1

    first hand

    Is the phrasing correct?

    The Eiffel Tower is a world-famous building and a culture icon of France. Its romantic atmosphere is worth experiencing first hand.

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    Re: first hand

    It is a "cultural​ icon". I would probably use "a French cultural icon" rather than putting "of France" at the end.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: first hand

    Quote Originally Posted by contiluo View Post
    experiencing first hand.
    I don't know whether it is right, but Longman Dictionary hyphenates 'first-hand'.

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    Re: first hand

    It should be hyphenated.
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    #5

    Re: first hand

    It does not have to be hyphenated. It can be a single word.

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    Re: first hand

    Yep. Both are good, but "first hand" won't do. (Although "firsthand" sounds like we're lisping. Like Ethel Thayer.)
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: first hand

    '...at first hand' is just fine. (Collins)

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    Re: first hand

    I would write "experience it at first hand" (noun phrase), but "It was a firsthand (adjective) experience." (Hyphenated or not). Or, "I experienced it firsthand (adverb)". This is similar to "It was an everyday experience"; "It was an experience I had every day."
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