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こんにちは 皆さん、

I want to use first, second, etc. in a sentence, i.e. say "first car, first love, etc". In this case, would using の be correct as the linking particle, e.g. いちばんの車、 いちばんの愛?

ありがとう ございます!

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I asked a similar question a few months ago: japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/13009/… – ramsay Jan 18 '14 at 14:54
up vote 3 down vote accepted

For ordinals, the general construction is ~[目]{め} -- in this case, not meaning eye but rather *-th

as in [一番目]{いちばんめ} = 1st

as in [二番目]{にばんめ} = 2nd


but in the case of first love, [初恋]{はつこい} and the use of 初 with the pronunciation はつ is common for several of these types of firsts.

More generally for the first instance of something you can use [初]{はじ}めての

初めての愛 = first love
初めての車 = first car
初めての英語レッスン = first English lesson

if you use this pattern, then the second is [二つ目]{ふたつめ}. Third is [三つ目]{みっつめ}

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「初めての」の次は「二回目、三回目」や「二度目、三度目」では? – user1016 Jan 18 '14 at 17:51
Thanks a lot everybody! – miikaelf Jan 18 '14 at 22:58

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