In this article, we’re looking at how to use the future perfect continuous tense. Visit our main page on the 12 English Verb Tenses for breakdowns and resources on every verb tense.
Forming the Future Perfect Continuous Tense (with Tables)
Quick Reference Table: The Future Perfect Continuous Tense in All Forms
Ving → Present Participle
The formula for writing the future perfect continuous tense is: will + have + been + present participle.
It is possible to use am/is/are + going to instead of will in the future perfect continuous tense.
The form is correct but rarely heard.
Making It Negative
To make the negative form, use this formula: will + not + have + been + present participle.
Asking a Question
When asking a question, use the formula: will + subject + have + been + present participle.
When To Use the Future Perfect Continuous Tense
This tense isn’t used as often as other tenses, but it is still important to know. You’ll need it to convey predictions, assumptions, and useful information in certain situations.
You use this tense when placing yourself in the future to talk about something that will happen. Try to bring that visual into each use of the tense.
When describing an action that began in the past and will continue to a certain time in the future.
When describing a cause and effect relationship in the future.
When Not To Use It
The future perfect continuous can not be used with non-continuous or stative verbs.
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