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    even for her

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    It was the first time for her to see a whale`s tail from such a close distance. It was a little bit scary, but it was such a wonderful experience of nature. The whale which astonished them rapidly swam to a dolphin and played together with it. The guide told her that it was the first time even for her to watch a whale swimming with a dolphin, which is a very rare case. They were so lucky to watch such a scene.

    Does "even for her" work?

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    #2

    Re: even for her

    It took me a couple of reads to understand who the "hers" were. Yes,"even for her" works when the reader/listener understands that the "her" refers to the guide (not the passenger/tourist) who would have similar but not as dramatic experiences as a guide.

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    #3

    Re: even for her

    The guide would surely have known what kind of whale it was. (There are several kinds.)
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    Re: even for her

    I think the underlined sounds awkward, so correct it into two forms. If they are wrong, please correct me.

    It was the first time for her to see a whale`s tail from such a close distance

    1.It was the first time for her to see a whale`s tail so closely.
    2.It was the first time for her to see a whale`s tail so close-up.

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    Re: even for her

    I don't find the underlined part particularly awkward, although I would use "at such close proximity". It's the opening of the sentence that is awkward for me. I don't like "It was the first time for her to see ..." at all. I'd use "It was the first time she had seen ...".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: even for her

    Perhaps:

    It was the first time for her to see a whale's tail so close. It was a bit scary, but it was a wonderful experience. The whale then rapidly swam towards a dolphin. The guide said it was the first time she had seen that. They were lucky to see it.
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    Re: even for her

    Look up the word anthropomorphism.
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    Re: even for her

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I don't find the underlined part particularly awkward, although I would use "at such close proximity". It's the opening of the sentence that is awkward for me. I don't like "It was the first time for her to see ..." at all. I'd use "It was the first time she had seen ...".
    Why makes you think this part is not natural? It's a very common phrase used in many cases.

    It was the first time for her to see a whale`s tail from such a close distance.

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    Re: even for her

    It's not used in BrE. That idea is expressed by "It was the first time she had seen ...", as I indicated in my last post.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: even for her

    I'm having trouble following this thread. Are we all talking now about the phrase even for her or from such a close distance?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It's not used in BrE.
    What isn't? even for her?

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