First, firstly, second, secondly

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The transitional adverbs first, firstly, second, secondly, third, thirdly, last, lastly etc., indicate sequence or show the order in which ideas or facts are presented.

Note that firstly, secondly, lastly etc., are more formal than first, second etc., and are more common in British English than in American English.

Examples are given below.

Note that the expressions first, firstly etc., go at the beginning of a sentence and are usually separated by a comma.

The expressions in the first place, in the second place etc., can also be used with similar meanings.

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First, firstly, second, secondly etc.
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