first annual


When something happens for the first time, but we plan on its happening every year thereafter, can we call it the "first annual" event?

asked Aug 29 '12 at 15:09 Tester Tester New member

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Tolley provides excellent advise, but I'd like to add some additional information.


You see "first annual" all the time, and we understand that it represents the promoter's wish and not a fact. Nonetheless, many authorities call the use substandard. Rather than use the phrase, the AP Styleguide recommends mentioning the promoters plan to hold the event annually. Likewise, Garner's Modern American Usage calls "first annual" substandard and urges writers to avoid its use.


Take Tolley's advice and avoid the phrase.

link comment answered Aug 29 '12 at 16:17 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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