FUTURE PERFECT CONTINUOUS TENSE

We look at the past from the future with the help of Future Perfect Continuous Tense. Let us take a look at its structure.

subject+Auxiliary ‘will’+Auxiliary ‘have’+Auxiliary ‘be’+Main verb
invariableinvariablePast participlePresent participle
willhavebeenbase+ing

In the case of negative sentences in this tense, we put ‘not’ in-between ‘will’ and ‘have’.

In the case of question sentences, the subject and ‘will’ is exchanged.

Let us take a look at a few examples:

subjectAuxiliary verbAuxiliary verbAuxiliary verbMain verb
+Iwillhavebeeneating
+Youwillhavebeentraveling
Shewillnothavebeenwriting
Wewillnothavebeenplaying
?Willyouhavebeenwaiting
?Willtheyhavebeenwatching

Sometimes, we use ‘shall’ instead of ‘will’, mostly in the cases of ‘I’ and ‘we’.

While we speak with the help of Future Perfect Tense, very often we contract the subject and ‘will’.

I willI’ll
They willThey’ll
She willShe’ll
We willWe’ll
  • She’ll have been writing.
  • I’ll have been eating at 9pm.

In case of negative sentences, we can contract ‘won’t’, something like this:

I will notI won’t
She will notShe won’t
He will notHe won’t
They will  notThey won’t
We will notWe won’t
  • She won’t have been driving for long.
  • You won’t have been eating, will you?

The Future Perfect Tense is more similar to the Future Perfect Tense, but with the addition of expressing longer actions or states which could extend up to some particular event pr time in the future. Remember that the long action or the state could start at any time in the past or present or the future, but it will always end in the future.

Remember that continuous tenses are also called progressive tenses, hence the future perfect continuous tense is sometimes called the future perfect progressive tense.

REVISION EXERCISE

You can complete the exercise on paper or in a book and can keep it for future reference.

  1. My friend _____ for a while by the time everyone meets her. (will have been travelling, has been travelling, will has been travelling)
  2. It is a 12 hour job . They’ll only have been _____ for part time by 6pm. (work, working, worked)
  3. I _____ been standing for a long time. (have not will, will have not, will not have)

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