Future Perfect Continuous Tense | Rules and Examples

Learn how and when to use the Future Perfect Continuous Tense in English with examples and rules.

How to Use the Future Perfect Continuous Tense

Forming the Future Perfect Continuous Tense

The Future Perfect Continuous (or the Future Perfect Progressive) is a verb form or construction used to describe actions that will continue up until a point in the future.

In English, the Future Perfect Continuous is formed by combining the modal “will“, the auxiliary verb “have“, “been“, and the present participle of the main verb (with an -ing ending).

Positive Sentence:

S + will + have + been + V-ing (present participle) +…

Example:

  • We will have been living in this house for 10 years by next month.

Negative Sentence:

S + will + not + have + been + V-ing (present participle) +…

Example:

  • I won’t have been travelling to New York for 2 years by the end of October.

Question form:

Will + S + have + been + V-ing (present participle) +… ?

Example:

  • Will you have been eating vegetables for three months?

The Future Perfect Progressive | Usage

The Future Perfect Continuous Tense is used:

– To show that something will continue up until a particular event or time in the future

Example:

  • James will have been teaching at the university for more than a year by the time he leaves for Asia.

– To talk about something that finishes just before another time or action (in this case, in the future)

Example:

  • I will be tired when I get home because I will have been walking for over an hour.

Time Expressions Used with the Future Perfect Progressive Tense

  • By + this year/ month/ week
  • Next year/ month/ week
  • For + an hour, for 5 years
  • By then
  • Since morning, since 1995
  • By tomorrow

The Future Perfect Continuous Examples & Picture

Future Perfect Continuous Tense

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