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I hear that the future simple is not to be used with the "This is going to be the first time"

This is going to be the first time I will drive a truck. wrong

Natives say it should be:

This is going to be the first time I will have driven a truck. correct

However, I have two examples from reliable sources which employ the future simple.

Probably that is going to be the first time I will be able to sing. by J. Vernon McGee

I think that the reason for permission to use the future simple in the last sentence is due to the verb "to be". Do you agree with my contention?

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Where did you hear (or read) that sentences such as

This is going to be the first time I will drive a truck.

are wrong? I would prefer to include "that" resulting in

This is going to be the first time that I will drive a truck.

but the shortened form follows a quite common pattern. I see nothing wrong with it. I see no need for special conditions to give "permission" to use such a construction.

The suggested alternative:

This is going to be the first time I will have driven a truck

seems to me both more awkward, and significantly less likely to be used by a fluent speaker. I think the original is better.

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  • I was exposed to this idea on a few language forums.
    – user1425
    Dec 19, 2022 at 17:02

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