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Will17

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Hello!

Is this correct: The first thing they did was to introduce themselves?

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Yes, it is. ( Except the question mark)

Is this correct ?: The first thing they did was to introduce themselves.
 

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:up: 'The first thing' means what it says. Without the article, 'first thing' means 'the first thing in the day' [=very early]. So 'Our flight is at 7.00, so we'll have to get up first thing'. And it doesn't have to be early in absolute terms (about dawn); it can also refer to the beginning of, say, a working day: 'All right, you don't have to do it now, but you must do it first thing tomorrow'.

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:up: 'The first thing' means what it says. Without the article, 'first thing' means 'the first thing in the day' [=very early]. So 'Our flight is at 7.00, so we'll have to get up first thing'. And it doesn't have to be early in absolute terms (about dawn); it can also refer to the beginning of, say, a working day: 'All right, you don't have to do it now, but you must do it first thing tomorrow'.

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Thank you. And is the use of the infinitive form correct in this case? "The first thing they did was to introduce themselves. (Would it be better to use "introducing"? )

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The to-infinitive sounds better to me, but if the focus is on the process the gerund is possible.

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