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I usually hear people say something like:

(1) (Suppose that you are watching a video and this is your first time to watch it.)

You say, "This is the first time I have watched the video." (present perfect: have watched)

Based on this verb form of "watch", I have made up the example below.

(2a) (Suppose that you are writing a novel and this is your first novel.)

You say, "This is the first novel I have written." (present perfect: have written)

My non-native English speaking friends agree with me on (1) but not on (2a), so they suggest different verb forms for "write".

Their revisions are given below.

(2b) This is the first novel I am writing.

(2c) This is my first time to write a novel

(2d) I am writing my first novel.

I don't see anything wrong with my example (2a). Regarding their examples, I think (2b) is wrong and (2c)/(2d) are correct. What is your opinion? Thank you very much.

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ansonguyThis is the first novel I have written.

Correct.

ansonguyThis is the first novel I am writing.

Not so good. Barely acceptable. I'd avoid it.

ansonguyThis is my first time to write a novel.

No. Don't say or write this. It's not natural at all.

ansonguyI am writing my first novel.

Good. No problem.


ansonguyWhat is your opinion?

See above.

CJ