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    This is the last time I teach here.

    I'm familiar with the expression "....the first/last time I've done...". Suppose today is Mr. Connors' farewell class. At the beginning of the class, he communicates it to the students. Even so, would he say something like "Guys, this is the last time I've taught here" rather than "Guys, this is the last time I teach here"?
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    #2

    Re: This is the last time I teach here.

    He'd probably say "This is my last class". But if he were to use something like your sentence, he'd say this is the last time I'll be teaching here.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: This is the last time I teach here.

    Can the sentence "This is the first time I..." ever be followed by simple present? Can anybody come up with something?

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    #4

    Re: This is the last time I teach here.

    Easy.

    John: Mum, can you help me with my maths homework?
    Mum: Again? I helped you over the weekend and on Monday evening.
    John: I know, but it's quadratic equations today.
    Mum: Fine. But this is the last time I help you. From tomorrow, you're on your own.
    John: But ...!
    Mum: No buts. It's your homework. You have to do it yourself.
    John: OK.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: This is the last time I teach here.

    So, in my example, the teacher is about to start his farewell class, and he would say "This is the last time I'll be teaching here". In this example, the mother is about to help her son for the last time, and she says "This is the last time I help you", and not "This is the last time I'll be helping you". Would it be possible too? Anyway, why wouldn't it be right to use simple present in the example I posted? What's the difference?

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    Re: This is the last time I teach here.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Easy.

    Mum: Fine. But this is the last time I help you. From tomorrow, you're on your own.
    But that's not what beachboy asked. It's not quite as easy to think of contexts for first.

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    #7

    Re: This is the last time I teach here.

    Not a teacher
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    Imagine a bootcamp for soldiers who are to train for fighting the Zerg.

    A private who's never seen the Zerg, after he's done his basic training and is feeling he's the man, might say "The first time I see a zergling, I'm gonna shoot it dead!"

    Is that correct?

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    #8

    Re: This is the last time I teach here.

    Quote Originally Posted by Glizdka View Post
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    Imagine a bootcamp for soldiers who are to train for fighting the Zerg.

    A private who's never seen the Zerg, after he's done his basic training and is feeling he's the man, might say "The first time I see a zergling, I'm gonna shoot it dead!"

    Is that correct?
    Yes, in everyday English. Well done!
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    Re: This is the last time I teach here.

    Quote Originally Posted by Glizdka View Post
    "The first time I see a zergling, I'm gonna shoot it dead!"
    I don't want to be too picky but that's not what beachboy asked (in post #3), either.

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    #10

    Re: This is the last time I teach here.

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    I don't want to be too picky but that's not what beachboy asked (in post #3), either.
    This only proves that what you said...
    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    But that's not what beachboy asked. It's not quite as easy to think of contexts for first.
    ...is true.

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