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TengoSueno Mon 09-Feb-15 10:54:47

Can I check my understanding of these words when written together?

First in this context is an adjective and time is a noun. If it were written Firsttime or First-time (which I know is wrong) what would the new contracted word be?

DadDadDad Tue 10-Feb-15 09:55:21

Give us an example of how you would use it as that will probably answer the question. For example, one usage I can think of is: "I'm a first-time poster on this forum" where first-time is an adjective.

TengoSueno Tue 10-Feb-15 14:04:49

Thanks. This is the context:

[ First time eating Spanish.] Adjective then noun then Finite form verb? How would you interpret this sentence?

DadDadDad Tue 10-Feb-15 14:23:53

Well, I think it's not a "proper" sentence because it contains no main verb - it would have to be: "This is my first time eating Spanish".

I think "first time eating Spanish" is a noun phrase, with "time" as the head noun modified by the participle phrase "eating Spanish" and then by the adjective "first".

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