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In the following sentence:

  1. "Is this your first _______________ to Sydney?"

I thought that the possible answers were "visit", "trip" or "journey".(any others?) However, I've just seen on the internet the sentence:

  1. "Is this your first time to Sydney?"

I tend to think that this is not correct and would rather say:

  1. "Is this your first time in Sydney?"

Is sentence 2 correct?

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Is this your first trip to Sydney?
Is this your first visit to Sydney?
Is this your first stay in Sydney?
How is your first experience of Sydney?
What is your first impression(s) of Sydney?

All generally mean

Is this your first time in Sydney?

Either of your questions may be asked

Is this your first time to (come to) Sydney?
Is this your first time (to be) in Sydney?

if you're wondering if the listener has ever been to Sydney before.

  • Good answer. As Peter pointed it out, to is a motion preposition and can be used as in the above sentences. – Abbasi Jan 3 '17 at 20:40
  • It is a good answer. If I had to extract the key question from the ... question, I'd pick Is 2 correct. This answer ... answers that, but I think a direct statement that it's correct, at the top, would improve it. – Jim Reynolds Jan 5 '17 at 3:13
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"Is this your first time to Sydney?" sounds flatly wrong to me, a 64-year-old native speaker of American English. I suppose it could be acceptable in some other variants of English, since it is a matter of usage rather than grammar, but I just don't know. Your other examples sound fine.

  • It's certainly interesting that it sounds wrong to you. But it's a familiar structure to me in Standard American English. – Jim Reynolds Jan 5 '17 at 3:15

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