At first / first

  1. “I first met her at a restaurant.”
  2. “I met her at first at a restaurant.”
    Are these two sentences fine?
    If not, please point me the mistake.
    Thanks a lot for your guidance.
    Mrs. Alli Fathima


Both sentences make sense but they have different meanings. ‘I met her first’ suggests this was the first meeting of others which followed later. ‘I met her at first at a restaurant’ suggests that was the first place where I met her and possibly I met her in other places.


If I say like below: “At first I met her at a restaurant.”,
in what way it differs from the first two sentences?
I want a little more explanation.
Thanks a lot.
Mrs. Alli.

It implies that you met her somewhere else on a later occasion.