Clarification Question

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First/First off/First of all

Alice Val Alice Val (2) on 20/11/15

Hello!

Could you, please, explain to me the difference, if there is any, between "first", "first off", and "first of all"? Are all of them common and can be used in any situation, formal or informal or not?

Thank you in advance!

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Based on my own experience, all these phrases can be used in both formal and informal situations.

As usual, I would recommend to go with the examples and the usage context, rather than rules.

(1) "First" can be used in many different contexts. This is just one of them:

https://youtu.be/Upsq6DiOeEQ?t=2m39s

(2) "First off" sounds a bit more informal, but it still can be used in fairly formal presentations or discussions instead of "first".

(3) "First of all" sounds a little more formal, but still is often used in casual conversations. Perhaps, you may want to emphasize something as important or necessary. This is an example:

https://youtu.be/CFvlqAgDK1A?t=21s

Hope this helps. :)

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Alice Val Alice Val (2) on 20/11/15

Mikhail, thanks a lot, especially for the links to the videos!
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I agree - first off is less formal, more spoken language than written - the other two are interchangeable. You also have firstly

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Alice Val Alice Val (2) on 20/11/15

Thank you, Paul!
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