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jasonlulu_2000

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Lucy won ___ first place in the speech competition.

A. / B. the


I know A is more common. But is answer B absolutely wrong in this case?

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If you substitute prize for place you have a sentence that all English speakers would understand and consider correct, whether the definite article is used or not.

I you insist on "place", I think "Lucy won first place in the speech competition" would sound fine and always be used in AmE.

I have heard "won the first place" in Indian English, and considered it dialect.

But I can't answer for the case of BrE.
 
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If you substitute prize for place you have a sentence that all English speakers would understand and consider correct, whether the definite article is used or not.

I you insist on "place", I think "Lucy won first place in the speech competition" would sound fine and always be used in AmE.

I have heard "won the first place" in Indian English, and considered it dialect.

But I can't answer for the case of BrE.

That goes for BrE speakers, too.

Rover
 
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