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    this is the first time...

    Tell me please, is it correct ?

    This was the first time I tried it.
    This is the first time I have tried it.

    Thank you,
    Natali.

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    Quote Originally Posted by natalika View Post
    Tell me please, is it correct ?

    This was the first time I had tried it.
    This is the first time I have tried it.

    Thank you,
    Natali.

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    Re: this is the first time...

    Quote Originally Posted by natalika View Post
    Tell me please, is it correct ?

    This was the first time I tried it.
    This is the first time I have tried it.

    Thank you,
    Natali.
    As usual, it depends on the context.
    For the first sentence, "That was the first time I tried it" sounds more natural". You're referring to something in the past, so it's at a distance.
    The second sounds alright.
    But really, it depends on when it happened compared when you are talking about it. It depends on the grammatical constructs of the sentences before and after....

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    Re: this is the first time...

    Hi-

    As simple past describes a completed action, the first sentence might occur in a situation like this:

    You used some new software on your computer for the first time, and your computer stopped working. When you called the support desk, and they asked you for details, you said, "This is the first time I tried it." You won't be trying it anymore.

    In the second situation, you've found a program that you really like. It's fun and interesting. You are telling your friends about it. "It's the first time I've used it" (but you will use it again: the present perfect tells us that you are not finished with this).

    Does that make sense?

    Mary


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    Re: this is the first time...

    Hi,
    I wonder if it is okay to ask someone " When is their first time doing something?" instead of "When was their first time doing something?" What are the differences? Thanks a lot! :)

    Thanks,
    Angibaby

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