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Jan 25 '16 at 7:46 history edited Kinzle B CC BY-SA 3.0
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May 10 '13 at 12:11 comment added StoneyB on hiatus @Listenever "The" is often used with "first". Most of those Ngram "the first places" are not victories but instances of "in the first place" meaning "to begin with". Others are instances of things like "the first place I saw". Even some victories occur in constructions like "the first place winner", where the article belongs to a later noun.
May 10 '13 at 11:57 comment added Listenever wikipedia
May 10 '13 at 11:56 comment added Listenever Ø first place: zero article in this can be the reason of Wikipedia's explanation: “articles are not normally used:in noun phrases that contain other determiners (my house, this cat, America's history), although it is possible to combine articles with certain other determiners”? Because I get the as much ‘the first place’ as ‘first place’ in Google ngrams.
May 10 '13 at 11:46 history answered StoneyB on hiatus CC BY-SA 3.0