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Ivan Fadeev
Posted: Thursday, November 25, 2021 1:13:30 AM

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Is this OK?

I hear it for the first time.
tautophile
Posted: Thursday, November 25, 2021 2:43:04 AM
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Yes, "I hear it for the first time" is OK. Normally, though, you would use the phrase in the past tense: "I heard it for the first time." "It" could be any sort of speech or music or other sound that you have not heard before.

Another example of "I heard it" (as opposed to "I hear it") is in an advertising jingle. "The California Raisins" were a fictional rhythm and blues animated musical group made up of anthropomorphized raisins, used by the California Raisin Advisory Board (CALRAB) for advertising and merchandising purposes in the US in the mid 1980s. In one of their commercials, the Rasins sang Marvin Gaye's 1968 song "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"--and it became a hit. The Raisins became quite popular for a while. For further info, see Wikipedia s.v. "The_California_Raisins".

thar
Posted: Thursday, November 25, 2021 3:47:54 AM

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No, because the simple present is a habit or repeated action.

Past - I heard it for the first time when I visited....


Present - happening now, present progressive:
I am hearing it for the first time. I haven't heard it before.

future
I will hear it for the first time when I visit...

but not the simple present.

I hear it for the first time.

I hear it every time I visit....
a repeated or habitual action


Unless you are telling a story in the historical present, but I don't think you mean that.
FounDit
Posted: Thursday, November 25, 2021 11:13:38 AM

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Ivan Fadeev wrote:
Is this OK?

I hear it for the first time.


I agree with the others, but there is one situation it might be used, and that is if you state what "it" represents. For example, I turn on my TV and I hear for the first time that the Democrat political Left wants to completely eliminate cars. This was actually said this morning.
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