Learn Future Perfect Progressive Tense meaning and examples
Future Perfect Progressive Tense
What does future perfect progressive mean?
Future perfect progressive is a verb tense that you might never use; it’s
pretty rare and almost never necessary. Personally, I would bet $5.00 that I
haven’t used future perfect progressive in the last two years (except when I was teaching grammar).
Future perfect progressive has almost exactly the same meaning as past
perfect progressive; the difference is that it happens in the future, not the past.
We use future perfect progressive when we want to make it clear that the
action will happen
*until (or almost until) something
* in the future.
That’s one reason we don’t use this tense very much; it doesn’t happen
often that we need to say that something will happen over time until something in future. Another reason is that we can usually use other tenses instead of future perfect progressive.
Simple Future Perfect Tense Examples:
When I go to bed tonight, I will have been working on this darn verb tense
book for three hours.
(I started working about half an hour ago, and I will continue working until I go to bed later tonight.)
How long will Ralph have been driving a bus when he retires?
(Ralph probably started driving a bus in the past and will continue until he
Fred said that dinner will start at 6:30. We’ll get there a little late,
probably at 6:45, so by the time we get there, they won’t have been
How do I make future perfect progressive?
will have been + verb-ing
I hope that when I get home tonight, my son will have been doing his
When June gets home, Ward will have been grilling the burgers for about
John’s shift at work starts at 8:00 tonight, but Marsha’s starts at 6:00. That
means that Marsha will have already been working a couple of hours
before John arrives.
NOTE: We usually don’t use be going to in future perfect progressive. It’s not exactly wrong to do this, but it makes the verb so long that we generally avoid it. It sounds clunky.
will not have been + verb-ing
Don’t worry. The movie starts at 7:00, and we should get to the theater at
about 7:05, so the movie won’t have been playing very long when
we get there. We won’t have missed much.
(question word) + will + subject + have been + verb-ing
How long will John have been driving that old piece of junk when he
finally gets his new car next week?
How many years will Barney have been working on his novel when he
finally finishes it?
I’ll be going to the study group after I finish work, so I’ll get there at about
6:45. Will you guys have been studying long before I arrive? Will
I miss much?