Future Perfect Continuous tense

Definition:

It is used to express a continued or ongoing action that will start in future and is thought to be continued till sometime in future. (Remember, an ongoing action in future which will continue till some time in future). There will be a time reference, such as “since 1980, for three hours” from which the action will start in future and will continue. 

Note: If there is not time reference or sense of time reference then it is not future perfect continuous tense because there is no hint about the time of action when it will start in future and it seems just an ongoing action in future which resembles “future Continuous tense. So the reference of time differentiates between Future perfect continuous tense between future continuous tense.

Rules: An auxiliary verb “will have been” is used in sentence. Simple form of verb (base verb) +ing (present participle) is used as main verb in sentence. “Since” or “for” is used before the “time reference” in sentence. If the time reference is exactly known such as 1995, 4 O’clock then “since” is used before the time in sentence. If the time reference is not exactly known such as three hours, six years, four days, then “for” is used before the time in sentence. Time reference such as 3 hours or 5 days is not exactly known because we don’t know that about which three hours a day is told in sentence or about which 5 days in a month is told in sentence. While the 1995 is exactly know time

Structure of Sentence

  1. Positive Sentence:
  • Subject + Auxiliary verb + main verb (Present participle) + Object + Time reference
  • Subject + will have been + (1st form of verb or base verb + ing) + object + time reference

Examples:

  • I will have been waiting for him for one hour.
  • She will have been playing football since 2015.
  • They will have been watching television.
  • He will have been studying for two years.
  • Sara will have been working in garage.

  2.Negative Sentence:

  • Subject +”Not” inside Auxiliary verbs + main verb (present participle) + Object + Time reference
  • Subject + will not have been + (1st form of verb or base verb + ing) + object + Time reference

To make negative sentence, the word “not” is added inside auxiliary verb, so it becomes “will not have been”.

Examples:

  • I will not have been waiting for him for one hour.
  • She will not have been playing football since 2015.
  • They will not have been watching television.
  • He will not have been studying for two years.
  • Sara will not have been working in garage.

3. Interrogative Sentence:

  • Auxiliary verb + Subject + auxiliary verb + main verb (present participle) + object + time reference
  • Will + Subject + have been + (1st form of verb or base verb+ing) + object + time reference

Interrogative sentence starts with auxiliary verb “will” and auxiliary verb “have been” is used after subject in sentence.

Examples:

  • Will I have been waiting for him for one hour?
  • Will she have been playing football since 2015?
  • will they have been watching television?
  • will he have been studying for two years?
  • will  Sara have been working in garage?

    Related Grammars

       Past Perfect Continues

       present Perfect Continues

       Present Perfect Tense

       Past Perfect Tense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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