Basic English Grammar: FUTURE PERFECT CONTINUOUS

FORM

The future perfect continuous is composed of two elements. The future perfect of the verb “to be” (will have been) + the present participle of the main verb (base + ing).

TO LIVE, FUTURE PERFECT CONTINUOUS TENSE

Affirmative

I will have been living

You will have been living     

He will have been living

We will have been living     

They will have been living

Negative

I won’t have been living

You won’t have been living

He won’t have been living

We won’t have been living

They won’t have been living

Interrogative

Will I have been living?

Will you have been living?

Will he have been living?

Will we have been living?

Will they have been living?

Negative Interrogative

Won’t I have been living?

Won’t you have been living?

Won’t he have been living?

Won’t we have been living?

Won’t they have been living?

FUNCTION

Like the future perfect simple, this form is used to project ourselves forward in time and to look back. It refers to events or actions that are currently unfinished but will be finished at some future time. It is most often used with a time expression.

EXAMPLES

  • I will have been waiting here for three hours by six o’clock.
  • By 2001 I will have been living in London for sixteen years.
  • When I finish this course, I will have been learning English for twenty years.
  • Next year I will have been working here for four years.
  • When I come at 6:00, will you have been practicing long?

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