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It was my first time to watch a movie.

It is my first time to watch movie.

It is my first time watching movie.

This is my first time cooking pasta.

Are these sentences correct??

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    It was my first time of watching a movie. But the preposition can [just about] be discarded, so your #4 This is my first time cooking pasta does in fact occur with native speakers (but note you'll encounter at there as well as of or "no preposition"). Long and short of it - there is no standard preposition in English for linking [first] time to a gerund / present participle denoting an activity. Different people have different ideas, and many of us would simply rephrase to avoid having to make a choice - This is the first time [that] I have cooked pasta. – FumbleFingers Apr 7 at 14:47
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The first two are not idiomatic.

The third and fourth are both possible, provided you add the missing a in the third: I cannot think of any context or construction in which "watching movie" would be grammatical.

But more natural still would be

It's the first time I've watched a movie.

This is the first time I've cooked pasta.

There is no rule or logic about this: it's just the way we happen to say it.

Time meaning "occasion" happens to take a "that" clause (my examples use "that" clauses, even though the "that" can be omitted) or an -ing clause, but not a "to" infinitive clause.

On the other hand, time meaning "point in time" does take a "to" clause (eg "It's time to get up now") and not an "-ing" clause

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  • I think Colin just missed the lack of an article there - my first time watching a movie. – FumbleFingers Apr 7 at 14:48
  • I beg your pardon, I saw the lack of article in the second, but missed it in the third. Now added that to my answer – Colin Fine Apr 7 at 14:49
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  1. It was my first time to watch a movie.
  2. It is my first time to watch movie.
  3. It is my first time watching movie.
  4. This is my first time cooking pasta.

Only the last sentence (4) is correct. The first three are incorrect.

In all of those sentences, the proper form of the second verb (the verb indicating what you are or were doing) is the present participle: "verb+ing." So the (3) and (4) have the correct form; (1) and (2) do not.

Then you have noun-article agreement. "Movie" is a count noun and takes an article, whether indefinite (a movie) or definite (the movie). So (1) has the correct agreement while (2) and (3) do not. "Pasta" is a mass noun (uncountable); you might say "some pasta" but not "a pasta," so sentence (4) is correct.

So: For the first test, sentences (3) and (4) pass; for the second test sentences (1) and (4) pass. Sentence (4) is the only one that passes both and is correct.

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  • So it is correct to say, " it was my first time watching a movie? – Eraser Head Apr 11 at 13:32
  • @EraserHead yes, that is a perfectly fine sentence. – randomhead Apr 11 at 14:02

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