As I understand it, the first version is more common, but I see in my grammar book the second one. Are they the same?

I didn’t pass my driving test the first time.

I didn’t pass my driving test first time.

  • It sounds like you're having an issue with when to use "the" and not. The first version is the only acceptable version in the US, at least. Jul 21 at 12:35
  • The book was published by Cambridge University Press.
    – Sergey
    Jul 21 at 12:45
  • You'll need to ask a British English speaker, I'm afraid. One will probably show up soon. Jul 21 at 12:50
  • His interlocutor said him: "I passed (it) first time." (not the first time)
    – Sergey
    Jul 21 at 12:57
  • 2
    Yes, 'first time' is perfectly acceptable in British English. Jul 21 at 14:57

As alternatives to "first time", you can use "at/in (somewhat more rarely) the first attempt" or "on/at (far more rarely) the first try", the latter with the preposition "on" being the most frequent usage.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.