Usage of the last / the first to V

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I have learned that there is no meaning of the future in "the first one / the last one to V" as in

 

He was the first person to cross the continent.

 = He was the first person who crossed the continent.

 

However, today I learned that there is also a meaning of the future in "the last one to V" as in


He is the last one to give up.

 = He is the last one who will give up.

 

He is the last man to succeed in the attempt.

 =He is the last man who will succeed in the attempt.


And then the last / first to V also have the meaning of the future?

 

Thank you so much and I hope to make my point clear to you.

edited Feb 05 '13 at 16:29 Hans Contributor

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I think the sentence must read like this:

He was the first person to have crossed the continent.

He is the last one to have given up.

link comment answered Feb 05 '13 at 16:45 sanjay Expert

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