The word "first" is an ordinal number used when ranking things or people. If something is first, it’s at the top of a list followed by others.

  • Pamela is first in line. She’s first.
  • Manuel is first in his class. (He’s the best student according to his grades.)
  • Students are giving speeches in class today. Who’s first?
  • Who wants to go first?
  • Do you want to be first?
  • When driving a car with a manual transmission, the lowest gear is the first gear. Shift from first gear to second gear.
  • This is the first time Diane has ever eaten Indian food. She’s never had it before.
  • Mohamed has never been to a baseball game before. This is his first time.
  • Richard always has to be first in anything he does.
  • He likes to be first.
  • He likes being first.
  • First things first. (We have to take care of the most important responsibilities before everything else.)
  • The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the freedom of speech, assembly, religion, and the press.
  • First responders to an emergency help those who have been hurt.
  • It’s a good idea to have a first-aid kit handy in case someone gets hurt.

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May 8, 2018