Can you answer a question me and my friend have argued over for years?
He says if you do something for the first time you can only call it the first time if there is a second time otherwise it is not the first time it is the only time.
I think you can do something for the first time but if you haven't yet done it again it is still your first time. Is it correct to describe it as the first time or the only time?
- DiogenesLv 71 month agoFavorite Answer
The only time is also, by definition, the first time.
- SBR32277Lv 71 month ago
In terms of communication, saying it's your first time is fine while actually doing it, but it implies there is at least a second time if talking about it after the fact, so your friend would be correct. Without at least a second time, your first time becomes your only time when communicating. If you only road a skateboard once, you would not refer to it as your "first" time but instead as your only time because "first" would imply more than one time, not just one time.
- Anonymous1 month ago
This is truly all rooted inside Semantic's but
I'll humor your silly odd question & say that
it could honestly go either way in my honest
- PeterLv 71 month ago
An interesting conundrum. In 1558 England had a Queen Elizabeth, she was the first English queen to be called Elizabeth, yet she wasn't know as Elizabeth 1 until 1953!
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- LP7Lv 71 month ago
Seems like a grammar problem.Your friend is correct.First time implies future experiences.Only time is a one off and never again.
- 1 month ago
You could say it was the First and Last time you did something. Seems like a silly argument, but I think saying " it was the first time " is still accurate, even if it was the only time you did it.
- pearlmarLv 71 month ago
I would say you could call it the only when you are very old. Otherwise it's the first time.
- .Lv 71 month ago
If you say, "I flew on an airplane for the first time in 1992," that sort of implies that you did so again.