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Future Perfect Continuous Tense

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  Angbeen Chaudhary  —  Grammar Tips
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Tenses refer to the part of English grammar that contribute to the formation and structure of each and every sentence. It actually refers to the verb and the time of it occurrence in a specific sentence.

In today’s article, I will throw light on the term tense in general and future perfect continuous tense in specific to help you understand it better with the help of various examples.


Tense is described as the quality of a verb which occurs in a sentence and which describes the time frame of the action taking place. In simpler terms, the occurrence of action of a sentence is depicted by the tense of that sentence.


He likes bananas.

In the above example, the verb likes indicates that the action is taking place right now and is not an event of the past or future, thus we know that the tense of this sentence is present.

The basic categorization of tense is that it can exist in three forms which are past, present and future. This means that a verb also comes in three forms i.e. past, present and future.

Future Tense

A verb is said to be in future tense when the action it is describing has to take place at some point in the future.


She will sing well at the party.

This example makes use of first form of verb i.e. sing along with will before it and thus it indicates that the action is of future.

But is doesn’t end there. The future tense is further divided into different forms and types which include future indefinite tense, future continuous tense, future perfect tense and future perfect continuous tense.

Today I will talk about future perfect continuous tense.

Future Perfect Continuous Tense

Future perfect continuous tense indicates that an action or occurrence will take place at some point in the future and will keep on happening for some period of time in the future.


She will have been watching television for two hours.

The example indicates that the action of watching is yet to happen in the future and have continued till specified period of time.

A verb exists in future perfect continuous tense when it is in first form with an –ing at the end and will have been before it.


The boys will have been standing at the bus stop for some time now.

The above example is also that of future perfect continuous tense. Notice that the first form of verb stand is used with –ing and will have been before it which represents that time of the action is that of the future.




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