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In a sentence such as

This is the first year I’ve lived in a house with a yard.

Is it all right to have a clause other than present perfect? That is, can you say, for instance, sentences like the following:

This is the first year I'm living in a house with a yard

That was the first year I lived in a house with a yard.

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Yes, you may have a clause in such a time-based sentence using cases other than present perfect. The following are all fine:

This is the first year I'm living in a house with a yard.
That was the first year I lived in a house with a yard.
That was the first year I'd lived in a house with a yard.
This will be the first year I'll be living in a house with a yard.
This will be the first year I'm living in a house with a hard.

And so on.

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What about "...I'm going to live..."? What tense can it take in the first clause? I was thinking of "This is/This will be". –  Alenanno Jun 19 '11 at 11:16
    
@Alenanno: Your instincts are correct. Either of those would work. –  Robusto Jun 19 '11 at 11:18
    
Thanks, nice answer to me. :) –  Alenanno Jun 19 '11 at 11:23
    
Thanks a lot, Robusto. –  One Step Jun 19 '11 at 22:57

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