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I went to China for the first time in 2008 (是。。。的)


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Sorry for what might be such a simple question, but the more I look at it, the more I'm unsure.


If I'm meeting someone for the first time and talking about myself, how would I say "I went to China for the first time in 2008"?

Maybe we were just talking about China, or travel, and I proceeded to say this.


What is the most natural way to say it?


我第一次去中国是在2008年。(Google Translate)

我第一次去中国是2008年的。(me attempting to modify Google's translation)

我是2008年第一次去中国的。(my own creation)


My instinct is to not use 了 or 过. Is this right? Or can I use 了 in this case?



I saw on the Chinese Grammar Wiki you do not usually use the "shi...de" construction for new information, so I'm not sure how unnatural it would sound if I try to use it.

Many thanks!

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15 hours ago, 三百 said:

My instinct is to not use 了 or 过. Is this right? Or can I use 了 in this case?


我2008年第一次去中国了。That is probably what I would say.


我是在2008年第一次去中國的。Very colloquial. Easily understandable. 

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