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first

4 pronoun
     
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1

the first

the first person to do something, or the first thing to happen:
There are now many similar housing projects but this was the first.
We hope this year's festival will be the first of many.
the first to do something
I always thought my sister would be the first to get married.
James was the first to arrive.
2

the first I knew/heard

used when you have just discovered something that other people already know, and you are slightly annoyed:
The first I knew he was in York was when I got an email from him.
the first I knew/heard of/about
The first I knew about it was when Tony called me.
3

the First

spoken used after the name of a king, queen, or Pope when other later ones have the same name:
Queen Elizabeth the First (=written as Queen Elizabeth I)

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