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Future Perfect Progressive Tense (with Examples)

Future Perfect Progressive Tense (with Examples)

The future perfect progressive tense is used for an on-going action that will be completed at some specified time in the future.

Examples of the Future Progressive Tense

Here are some examples of the future perfect progressive tense (shaded):
  • In July next year, you will have been studying for three years.
  • ("In July next year" is the specified time)
  • I will have been playing poker for 30 years by then.
  • ("by then" is the specified time)
Of course, you can also have the negative version, which is formed "will not have been" + [present participle]:
  • In July next year, you will not have been studying for three years.
  • I will not have been playing poker for 30 years by then.
And the question versions:
  • In July next year, will you have been studying for 3 years?
  • Will I have been playing poker for 30 years by then?

Forming the Future Progressive Tense

Here is an infographic explaining the future progressive tense:

Other Future Tenses

The future perfect progressive tense is one of four future tenses. They are:

The 4 Future Tenses Example
simple future tense I will go
future progressive tense I will be going
future perfect tense I will have gone
future perfect progressive I will have been going
Note

Forming the Future Perfect Progressive Tense

The future perfect progressive tense is formed:

will have been + [present participle]

For example:
  • At 10 pm, I will have been swimming for a six hours.
  • They will have been talking for two hours by then.
The last word in each example above (i.e., the one that ends ing) is known as a present participle. It is formed like this:

Add ing to most verbs:
  • play > playing
  • shout > shouting
For verbs that end e, remove the e and add ing:
  • prepare > preparing
  • ride > riding
For verbs that end ie, change the ie to y and add ing:
  • lie > lying
  • untie > untying
For verbs whose last syllable is written [consonant-vowel-consonant] and is stressed, double the final consonant and add ing:
  • run > running
  • forget > forgetting
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