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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.

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  • 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
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    Yes, 'first time' is perfectly acceptable in British English. Jul 21 at 14:57
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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.

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