Difference between these two sentences:

  1. I was the first person to leave.
  2. I left first.

  1. You will be the first to know
  2. You will know first
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2 Answers 2


The first sentence implies some sort of significance to be the first to leave. The second is quite factual and just a statement stating that the person left first.


There's not a meaningful difference between either pair, though "you will be the first to know" is much more common than "you will know first."

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