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  1. This is the first time that I've tasted soy sauce

  2. This is my first time that I've tasted soy sauce

Some people say it's correct to write "the", not "my" and they correct 2 as "This is my first time tasting soy sauce"

Is there any reason for this?

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You can use my instead of the.

However, the second example sentence is ungrammatical. You can't just replace the with my; you need to make some other changes (as you've mentioned).

Both of these are fine:

  1. This is the first time that I've tasted soy sauce.
  2. This is my first time tasting soy sauce.

They mean essentially the same thing.


The original second sentence is wrong because that I've tasted soy cause can't follow as an object of my (or my first time).

✘ My that red car.
✔ My red car.

✘ My that running ritual.
✔ My running ritual.


An alternative phrasing that uses my would be:

  1. b) This is my first taste of soy sauce.
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Whose other first time might you be speaking of? "My" is redundant since it's your first taste.

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    Is this because it's redundant to repeat "I" because "my" already makes it clear that whose time it's referring to? I think this seems to be the main reason making sentence 2 sound awkward.
    – GKK
    Jul 17 '19 at 11:04
  • That's correct. Jul 17 '19 at 11:12

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