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When you want khổng lồ talk about your first experience to vày something, there are a few ways in English you can vì that. The easiest and clearest way is khổng lồ use “for the first time” at the end of your sentence. This pattern works for the present, past, and future, & you don’t need to lớn change the pattern when the tense changes:

Present tense: Jack is working here in the USA for the first time.

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Past tense: I ate pizza in thành phố new york today for the first time.Future tense: I am going lớn Peru next month for the first time.

You can also use the following pattern: + be + the first time + sentence. Usually the is a time word, like today or now, or a pronoun lượt thích this or that.

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This pattern also works for the present, past, & future, but you do need khổng lồ change the pattern when the tense changes, so be careful!:

Present tense: This is the first time Jack is working here in the USA.Past tense: Today was the first time I ate pizza in New YorkFuture tense: Next month is going to be the first time I am going to Peru.

When was the first time you found Happy English? Feel không tính phí to leave a comment below!Keep in mind the best way to remember this or any vocabulary in English is lớn take the word or phrase write it in a sentence that’s true for you or true in your world and then memorize your sentences.

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Using the past tense gives the indication that it already happened. It was today, but it is finished. So the person might be speaking at 6pm about what he ate at lunch. If you use the present tense “This is the first time I am eating pizza in New York”, you need to lớn use continuous tense for a current action, & it means it’s happening *right now* (like you’re talking on the phone khổng lồ someone who doesn’t know what you’re doing.) You can also use future tense for the current day.. “Today I will eat pizza in NY for the first time!”, you might say when you wake up in the morning và plan your day in the big city. Clear?