Using The Future Perfect Continuous Tense in English

Using The Future Perfect Continuous Tense in English

Using The Future Perfect Continuous Tense in English



Future perfect continuous tense indicates actions that are ongoing at a given time in the future. Actions will begin before and continue until a future date. This tense is used to revive ourselves in the future, and look back. Is used to refer to action that has not resulted between the present and a future time. How much time we will be doing in the future. The sentence is both a time and a time for the future.

In this tense, the process is in the foreground.  At 06.00 AM he will have been sleeping for seven straight hours.

If you want to learn all tenses, look at 12 types of tenses with examples and formula

There are some time words used with future perfect tense;

  • for
  • all
  • all day
  • by then
  • by, time
  • when

by the time and when‘ is used as a clause. The word ‘by‘ is used in conjunction with a word indicating time.



In positive sentences established with future perfect tense, the ‘verb’ will is used together with all subjects, ‘have been’ is brought before the verb, and the -ing suffix is added to the verb.

  • Just now he will have been listening to everything.
  • By midnight they will have been studying for exams for ten hours.
  • I will have been living in Istanbul for two years.
  • When I finish this school, I will have been learning French for ten years.
  • By the end of this month, I will have been studying for the school for five years.
  • By the time my mother comes home at 3, we will have been playing computer games for two hours.
  • By next year, they will have been going to England for five years.
  • At five o’clock, the baby will have been crying for one hour.

In Question sentences established with future perfect tense, ‘will’ is written before the subject, ‘have been’ is written after the subject and the -ing suffix is added. In positive question sentences ‘will’, in negative question sentences ” won’t ” is used before the subject.

  • How long will you have been dating on april 12th?
  • Will we have been working in the company for two years?
  • Will they have been waiting for three hours when we come back?
  • Will have you been working in this company for five years by the end of this year?
  • Will I have been learning French for ten years when I finish this school?
  • By the end of this week, will I have been living with his for five months?

In negative sentences established with future perfect tense, a ‘not’ is added after will. then have been written. The -ing suffix is added to the verb again. In negative sentences will not be shortened as ” won’t ”.

  • He will not have been reading a newspaper tomorrow.
  • I will not have been going to America for a holiday next week.
  • By the end of this year, I will not have been working for the company for three years.
  • By the end of the year, we will not living in Australia for four years.
  • You will not have been playing computer games all day long.

Future Perfect Continuous Tense Chart

POSITIVE (+) NEGATIVE (-) QUESTION (?)
I will have been starting I will not (won’t) have been starting Will I have been starting
You will have been starting You will not (won’t) have been starting Will you have been starting
He will have been starting He will not (won’t) have been starting Will he have been starting
She will have been starting She will not (won’t) have been starting Will she have been starting
It will have been starting It will not (won’t) have been starting Will it have been starting
We will have been starting We will not (won’t) have been starting Will we have been starting
You will have been starting You will not (won’t) have been starting Will you have been starting
They will have been starting They will not (won’t) have been starting Will they have been starting




Future Perfect Continuous Tense Example Sentences

  • At 4 o’clock, we will have been waiting you for one hour.
  • She will have been sleeping at home for two hours when we arrives.
  • He will have been playing the guitar for ten years when he turn twenty.
  • Will you have been speaking English for two years by the end of this year?
  • Will you have been making a cake in the kitchen?
  • Will they have been playing tennis since morning?
  • They will not (won’t) have been going for a picnic.
  • We will not (won’t) have been living there for two years by the end of this year.
  • will not (won’t) have been staying in London next summer.
  • They will have been teaching German for 5 years by the end of this year.

Here is 12 Tenses Chart


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