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    #1

    This is my first time to do sth

    This is my first time to come to the playoffs with no pressure.
    This is our first time to meet, Amy.

    These sentences are taken from the American Corpus. Are they good English? Is the sentence pattern 'This is the first time I've come to.../we've met' better than them?

    Could I ask native speakers to help me please? Thank you in advance.

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    Re: This is my first time to do sth

    Ah, you never forget your first time!

    I think it's more natural to say, "This is the first time I've come to ..." (or I've attended ..."

    Regarding the second example
    This is our first time to meet, Amy
    this is quite awkward. The comma after meet tells me you are speaking to Amy, telling her that (despite her sense of deja vu*) you've never laid eyes on her before.
    To say this, I would use
    This is the first time we've met, Amy

    On the other hand, without a comma after meet, you are saying it's the first time you've met Amy and you are saying it to someone else. Maybe Amy's husband has just accused you of seeing his wife frequently. Then you would say, instead:
    This is the first time I've met Amy. Honest! Please put down that gun!

    *deja vu = an eerie sense that one has been somewhere or done something before, when it probably is not true.

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    #3

    Re: This is my first time to do sth

    Is "honest" a kind of slang, instead of "honestly"

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    Re: This is my first time to do sth

    Yes. It means "I am honestly telling you the truth!"

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