If I'm planning to apply to enter a university, and I have several options, is it correct to say: "X university is my very first option" to emphasize that one specific university it is my first option among other universities?

  • I think if you are indicating an older university, by that I mean it was your first option and then you went to another university, you should say X university was my first option. Oct 21, 2021 at 4:35
  • I'm going to apply to enter a university in the future, not in the past
    – J. Doe
    Oct 21, 2021 at 4:37
  • Oh then remove the was, I prefer following @tkp's answer. Oct 21, 2021 at 4:37
  • If you're saying future, IMO you could say X university is going to be my first option. Oct 21, 2021 at 4:38

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It's not wrong, but you don't really need the "very". You could also say that X university is your "preferred" option, or simply your "preference".

  • Ok but if I say that it's my first option, is that understood as my preferred option among all the options?
    – J. Doe
    Oct 21, 2021 at 4:39
  • That's how I would interpret it. And if someone didn't see it that way, I don't think adding "very" would help. If I had to pick one of: "first option", "preferred option" or "preference", I'd go for "preference". "Preference" would be my preference, as it were. :-)
    – tkp
    Oct 21, 2021 at 4:46

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