Future Perfect Progressive Tense (with Examples)

Future Perfect Progressive Tense (with Examples)

The future perfect progressive tense is used for an ongoing 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?

Infographic for the Future Progressive Tense

Here is an infographic explaining the future progressive tense:

future perfect progressive tense

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

Verb Tense Widget

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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
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See Also

Take a test on the future perfect progressive tense Tenses Simple past tense Past progressive tense Past perfect tense Past perfect progressive tense Simple present tense Present progressive tense Present perfect tense Present perfect progressive tense Simple future tense Future progressive tense Future perfect tense Future perfect progressive tense