Can first time be used as an adverb meaning "for the first time", e.g.

when I met him first time (Confession Tapes, third episode, 02:40)

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    when I first met him is standard English and when I met him first probably is too – Henry Feb 15 '19 at 0:43

"first-time" works as an adjective but usage as an adverb is quite unusual.


Absent more context it's hard to tell, but "When I met him first time" sounds like unremarkable casual speech. It's not technically valid syntax (being an elided form of "when I met him for the first time"), but it is easily understood and would not shock the listener.

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