Future Perfect Tense (with Examples)

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Future Perfect Tense (with Examples)

The future perfect tense is used to describe an action that will have been completed at some point in the future. It is often used with a time expression which identifies that point in the future.

Examples of the Future Perfect Tense

Here are some examples of the future perfect tense (shaded): Of course, you can also have the negative version, which is formed "will not have" + "[past particple]": And, the question versions:

Forming the Future Perfect Tense

Here is an infographic explaining the future perfect tense:

Other Future Tenses

The future perfect tense is one of four future tenses. They are:
The 4 Future Tenses Example
simple future tense I will go
future progressive tense I will be going
future perfect tense I will have gone
future perfect progressive I will have been going

Forming the Future Perfect Tense

The future perfect tense is formed:

will have + [the past participle]

For example:

Forming the Past Participle (Regular Verbs)

If it's a regular verb, the past participle is the same as the simple past tense. In other words, it is formed like this:

Add ed to most verbs: If a verb of one syllable ends [consonant-vowel-consonant], double the final consonant and add ed: If the final consonant is w, x or y, don't double it: If last syllable of a longer verb is stressed and ends [consonant-vowel-consonant], double the last consonant and add ed: If the first syllable of a longer verb is stressed and the verb ends [consonant-vowel-consonant], just add ed: If the verb ends e, just add d: If the verb ends [consonant + y], change the y to an i and add ed:

Forming the Past Participle (Irregular Verbs)

If it's an irregular verb, the past participle is formed in all sorts of different ways. Here are some examples: You just have to learn them.

Click here for a list of the most common irregular verbs.

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See Also

Tenses Simple past tense Past progressive tense Past perfect tense Past perfect progressive tense Simple present tense Present progressive tense Present perfect tense Present perfect progressive tense Simple future tense Future progressive tense Future perfect tense
Future perfect progressive tense