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    Question first or at first

    In these sentences "Isn't your stapler in your desk drawer?
    No, that's the first place I looked. Do we say "where did she look first or at first?" Which one is correct?

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    Re: first or at first

    First. At first perhaps she assumed she'd left it in her handbag, but before she started looking she realized the desk was the most likely place, so she looked there first.

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    Re: first or at first

    Hi, Daisy,
    We use at first when there goes a but then or a similar expression, a contraposition:
    At first I didn't like that dish, now I find it yummy.
    First talks abt the sequence of actions:
    First bring broth to boil, then add some onions and celery.
    Cheers

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    Re: first or at first

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Hi, Daisy,
    We use at first when there goes a but then or a similar expression, a contraposition:
    At first I didn't like that dish, now I find it yummy.
    First talks abt the sequence of actions:
    First bring broth to boil, then add some onions and celery.
    Cheers
    Thanks Humble - that's clearer.

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    Re: first or at first

    Happy to give my humble help.

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