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    It/this is the first time i have...

    Hi everyone, I am unable to understand the difference between "it is the first time I" and "this is the first time I". When I seacrhed on the Internet I saw both are used. Could anyone please tell me the difference?

    1- It is the first time I have met her.

    2- This is the first time I have met her.

    My question is: Is "it is the first time I + present perfect" interchangeable with "this is the first time I + present perfect"?

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    Re: It/this is the first time i have...

    Do you have any context for that?

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    Re: It/this is the first time i have...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Do you have any context for that?
    Kate is a very good girl. It/this is the first time I have met her.

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    Re: It/this is the first time i have...

    Quote Originally Posted by subhajit123 View Post
    Kate is a very good girl. It/this is the first time I have met her.
    I would much prefer "this" there.

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    Re: It/this is the first time i have...

    Thanks Taheel, I would too use "this". But in this kind of context do they both fit? If not, how to decide the perfect choice? I seached with ngram and I found lots of results for both.

    https://books.google.com/ngrams/grap...20time%3B%2Cc0
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    Re: It/this is the first time i have...

    I think you can use either one. And there is no perfect choice. Let context be your guide. And as someone who has spoken the language for over sixty years, I can help some.

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