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    'a first time buyer' vs 'the first born child'

    Could someone explain to me why 'a' is used in the phrase 'a first time buyer' but 'the' in the 'the first born child'?

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    Re: 'a first time buyer' vs 'the first born child'

    Quote Originally Posted by Tvita View Post
    Could someone explain to me why 'a' is used in the phrase 'a first time buyer' but 'the' in the 'the first born child'?

    Thank you in advance
    'A first time buyer' = one amongst many. A lot of people buy houses for the first time.
    'The first born child' = The first child born to a family. There can only be one first child in a family, even with twins one is born before the other.

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    Re: 'a first time buyer' vs 'the first born child'

    However, you CAN say "a first-born child," just as you can say "a first-time buyer." (Remember the hyphens, they are important.) My fiance and I, for example, are both the first-born children in our families. That means that either one of us is "a first-born child."
    Last edited by Speedwell; 06-Feb-2009 at 07:16. Reason: Caught a close parentheses (parenthesis? parenthese? heh.)

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