Future Perfect Continuous

Future Perfect Continuous (Future Perfect Progressive)  – future perfect continuous tense in English. Usually used to describe an action that started and continued for a certain time until some point in the future. The Future Perfect Continuous is formed using the auxiliary verb will and the Perfect Continuous Infinitive form without the particle to (have been + a verb ending in -ing).

Future Perfect Continuous
Signal wordsUseForm
for 1 year

by the end of the day

till or until

sth. will already have happened before a certain time in the future

will + have been + infinitive + ing

The general scheme of using the Future Perfect Continuous on the example of the verb – to work

I/You/We/They/He/She/It will have been workingI/You/We/They/He/She/It won’t have been workingWill I/You/We/They/He/She/It have been working?

For convenience, you can use the abbreviated form:

  • will not have been –  won’t have been


  • I will have been studying English for three years by the end of this course
  • She will have been reading
  • By the end of this summer she will have been studying Chinese for 2 years
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