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    shatilof is offline Junior Member
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    It's the first time + tense

    This qustion has been discussed here a few times, but I still havn't got a simple answer to the following situation:

    I am sitting in a car. I am driving it and making mistakes. When the instructor asks me why I am so stupid, I smile back and... say what?

    1/ It is the first time I dove the car (I am still driving it, when asked)

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    2/ It is the first time I have driven the car

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    3/ It is the first time I am driving the car

    I know that version 3, though quite logical as I am still in the process of driving, is somehow incorrect. What about the other two?

    Thank you in advance.
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    GoesStation is offline Moderator
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    Re: It's the first time + tense

    Number 2 is closest to what a native Anglophone might say. Try This is the first time I've driven a car.
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    shatilof is offline Junior Member
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    Re: It's the first time + tense

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Number 2 is closest to what a native Anglophone might say. Try This is the first time I've driven a car.
    Thank you for the reply, yet I had seen them all and comming up with the situation described above... What is the right tense for my action while I am in the process but use This (It) is the first time... ?

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    Re: It's the first time + tense

    Suppose you're in the driver's seat in this scenario. You could say "This is the first time I've ever driven a car!"
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