Is it natural to use : " I came first in my exams " to mean: "I achieved first rank in my class", or does this sound dated?


I read it here, so I just thought if it sounds natural.


The phrase sounds perfectly natural to me.

You could also say, "I scored the highest in my exams," which seems to have a slightly more literal and neutral connotation, instead of implying that the exam is a competition that can be "won".


Come first means to win first position in a competition

e.g I came first in the writing competition.

So it is idiomatic to say--

I came first in my class.

  • Although in my American dialect came in first is more usual. Came first is more literal: “Which came first, Paula Abdul's ‘Straight Up’ or the opening of the Beriln Wall?” – Anton Sherwood Mar 23 '19 at 4:50
  • But "came in first" is used for sports competitions and not off tests. – It's about English Mar 23 '19 at 11:35
  • *For not *off,that was a typo. – It's about English Mar 23 '19 at 12:39

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