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Could you please suggest which of the following sentences is more appropriate
in order to express the thought that I've never been to some place before:

1. It's the first time I'm here. [a variant under question]
2. It's the first time I've been here. [presumably correct variant]

Is the first variant grammatically incorrect?

Thanks in advance.

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Victor
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Its the first time I've been here is the correct sentence. The first one is incorrect.
Dave PhillipsIts the first time I've been here is the correct sentence. The first one is incorrect.

Please forgive my curiosity.

If I never had a chance to visit Hawaii in my life and I have just arrived my hotel at Waikiki for vacation.
Is it wrong to say or ask the hotel staff...?
"Excuse me, It's the first time I am in Hawaii. Can you suggest a few sightseeing spots?

"It's the first time I am here in Hawaii; it's absolutely so beautiful!"
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Hi Dave,

Thanks for the comment.

Additionally to the two sentences above, is the following allied sentence
correct (though here is a fight between present perfect and present
continuous, which isn't reflected in the thread's subject)?

"It's the first time I'm visiting this place."
I'm not sure I'd say "It's the first time I am in Hawaii" I would say It's the first time I have been to Hawaii. It is acceptable to say "Its the first time that I have been here in Hawaii." I understand that you may think that I'm condradicting myself form my orginal reply. Its the first time I'm here - needs the that & sounds like we were talking about reincarnation to me - Its the first time I've been on the earth! Here in Hawaii you clarify what you mean.

I'm not an expert so take guidence from the others. I am informing you how I would speak/write and my thoughts.
I am just thinking out loud....logically.
To me, if I am speaking about being at a location for the first time, present tense ( I am ) actually would make more sense to me. How could I "have been" here? if I never had been here before?
The only possible scenario would be: "It's the first time I have been here in Hawaii for longer than a week". (meaning I had been in Hawaii before but usually for short stay on business, and this time I am staying for a few days [or week] on vacation).
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Said as you travel to the new place or as you arrive in the new place: This is the first time I've been to Hawaii.

Said as you drive the motorcycle: This is the first time I've driven a motorcycle.

Said as you chat in your chat room: This is the first time I've chatted here.

I would not use the "I'm in" version.
Thanks for clarification
Grammar GeekSaid as you drive the motorcycle: This is the first time I've driven a motorcycle.

Said as you chat in your chat room: This is the first time I've chatted here.

Hi GG
I have no problem with the above sentences. But the context in discussion was "first time I am here" which sounded ok to my ears. If that is considered unidiomatic,

Just wondering.....Would you consider this incorrect ?

You have been just seated to you table and you commented to the hostess: " This is a quite a nice and cozy restaurant. It is the first time I am (dining) here. What would you recommend ?".
Or would you still say : This is the first time I have been here? Emotion: smile
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