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    • Join Date: Feb 2008
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    First vs. Firstly

    Dear Teacher,

    Could you please tell me the proper usage of " first" and " firstly". For example, I start an essay, and I try to state my contentions. Which one I should use?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Join Date: Nov 2007
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    Re: First vs. Firstly

    "Three main reasons have been put forward to explain global warming. Firstly, the release of carbon...., secondly, the emissions from..., and thirdly,...."

    First, the release of carbon...., second, the emissions from..., and third,....

    The important thing is not to mix them.

    I prefer 'firstly' etc.

    • Join Date: Feb 2008
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    Re: First vs. Firstly

    Hi David,

    Thanks for your illustration.
    Last edited by rainbow402; 25-Mar-2008 at 08:21.

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