I talked about my travel experience in Japan with my friend. He asked me : How many time have you been to Japan?I have been there only once.

So I should say

  1. It was my first time to be there


  2. It is my first time to be there

1 Answer 1


You should say

"It was my first time there".

'Was' refers to an event that happened in the past. Since you had visited Japan sometime in the past, past tense should be used.

Also note that "to be" is incorrect.

Bonus: The correct question is

"How many times have you been to Japan?"

Note the plurality in the question above.

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    Thank you CinCout, your explanation is very understandable, it dose solve my question Dec 22, 2016 at 9:24
  • @ChengShihMing If the answer is helpful, you may upvote and/or mark it as accepted.
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    Dec 22, 2016 at 9:35
  • Hi , CinCout, I am new here, I don't really how how to upvote , you meant choosing the up triangle sign on the left?and how can I mark it as accepted? I tried but not sure is it worked.. Dec 22, 2016 at 9:49
  • Yes, the up triangle is for the up vote, the down one for the down vote. And yes, the tick mark is for accepting the answer (as you rightly did).
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    Dec 22, 2016 at 10:01
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    Oh, then I got it , I don't have enough points so far , thank you for explaining it ☺ Dec 22, 2016 at 10:11

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