Future Perfect Continuous Tense



Definition:-
Future Perfect Continuous Tense refers to a continuous action which will be completed at a future point of time.
Obama will have been talking to Putin when he finally goes to decide over present international matter.

Structure:-
Subject + shall/will + have + been + verb-ing
1st and 2nd Persons will take shall and the 3rd person will take will. In American English, ‘will’ is used.

Assertive Sentence: Positive
Persons
Positive
1st Person
I shall have been playing.
We shall have been playing.
2nd Person
You shall have been playing.
You shall have been playing.
3rd Person
He will have been playing.
She will have been playing.
It will have been playing.
They will have been playing.

Assertive Sentence: Negative
Persons
Positive
1st Person
I shall not have been playing.
We shall not have been playing.
2nd Person
You shall not have been playing.
You shall not have been playing.
3rd Person
He will not have been playing.
She will not have been playing.
It will not have been playing.
They will not have been playing.


Interrogative Sentence:-

Positive
Persons
Positive
1st Person
Shall I have been playing?
Shall we have been playing?
2nd Person
Shall you have been playing?
Shall you have been playing?
3rd Person
Will he have been playing?
Will she have been playing?
Will it have been playing?
Will they have been playing?


Negative
Persons
Positive
1st Person
Shall I not have been playing?
Shall we not have been playing?
2nd Person
Shall you not have been playing?
Shall you not have been playing?
3rd Person
Will he not have been playing?
Will she not have been playing?
Will it not have been playing?
Will they not have been playing?

Some Important Rules to Remember:

  1. ·   A duration of a verb is indicated before another action of the future.


We will have been discussing for over an hour before Mark arrives.
Keats will have been writing war poems against war for many a year when it finally closes.
Abbot will have been presiding over the parliament by the time he leaves his prime ministry.


  1. ·         Non-continuous verb cannot be used in any continuous tenses. Future perfect is to be used instead of future perfect continuous.


Kerry will have been having at Hampshire for two days.   XXXXXX Incorrect
Kerry will have had at Hampshire for two days.


  1. ·         Like all future tenses , the future perfect continuous tense cannot be used in clauses starting with time linkers like after, as soon as, before, by the time, unless, when, while etc.


You will not be promoted until you will have been working hard   to secure a pass mark. XXXX Incorrect
You will not be promoted until you have been working hard   to secure a pass mark.  Correct



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Tilakratne will have been batting in three different positions at the Sydney test match by the end of the year. XXXX Incorrect
Tilakratne will have batted in three different positions at the Sydney test match by the end of the year. XXXX Incorrect

Rule:- Perfect continuous form is not used to talk about amount or number.


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