First, Firstly, Second, Secondly

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The transitional adverbs first, firstly, second, secondly, third, thirdly, last, lastly etc., indicate sequence or show the order in which ideas or facts are presented.

Note that firstly, secondly, lastly etc., are more formal than first, second etc., and are more common in British English than in American English.

Examples are given below.

Note that the expressions first, firstly etc., go at the beginning of a sentence and are usually separated by a comma.

The expressions in the first place, in the second place etc., can also be used with similar meanings.

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Introduction To If Clauses
The Zero Conditional
The Type One Conditional
Type One Conditional- Alternate Forms
The Type Two Conditional
Type Two Conditional- Alternate Forms
The Type Three Conditional
Type Three Conditional-Alternate Forms
Mixed Conditional

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Exclamations: common errors
Common mistakes with pronouns - Part 2
Common errors with adjectives - part 1
Common errors with adjectives - part 2

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