At first and first

/ at fəːst ənd fəːst/

At first is used to talk about the beginning of a situation.

At first is often followed by but.

 

In any other cases, we usually use first.

 

Examples

At first everything seemed nice, but then things started going wrong.
I first met her at a work.

 

Collective nouns

Group words or collective nouns take a singular verb if you are talking of the group as a whole. They take a plural verb if you are talking about the individual members of the group.

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Born and borne

The passive form of the verb born (be + born) is used to talk about coming into the world at birth.   – He was born to poor parents. – I was born on a Friday. – She was born in Italy.   Borne is the past participle form of the verb bear. It is […]

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