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Can I say "Jimmy Page was one of the main reasons I picked up a guitar in the first place"?

Sounds right but when I think about it... 'in the first place' means I had 1 reason only... no?

Or should I just say: "Jimmy Page was one of the main reasons I picked up a guitar"? And that's it?

  • It's fine so long as you don't think about it too much. Idioms such as "in the first place" become less sensible the longer you think about them. – Hot Licks Feb 20 '18 at 3:17
  • "In the first place" means "in the beginning" or "initially." It's fine. – aparente001 Feb 20 '18 at 4:05

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