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Future perfect continuous

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Future Perfect Continuous Form : ( Will + have + been + verb + -ing )

In English we use the future perfect continuous to talk about actions that will continue up until a point in the future.

Notes for use of future perfect continuous : 

As with other continuous verb forms, we don't usually use state verbs with the future perfect continuous.

The table below shows the different forms of future perfect continuous :

Example verb : driveI / You / We / They / He / She / It
Positive... 'll have been driving ...
Negative... won't have been driving ...
QuestionsWill ... have been driving ...?
Short answers

Yes, ... will. /

No, ... won't.

Future Perfect Continuous Example Sentences :

Positive Examples of Future Perfect Continuous : 

  • By the time we reach Portland, we'll have been driving for 6 hours.
  • When my dinner guests arrive, I'll have been cooking for 3 hours.
  • By this time next month, he'll have been working here for 12 years.

Negative Examples of Future Perfect Continuous : 

  • By the time we get home, we won't have been walking for more than an hour.
  • By this time next year, I won't have been learning English for more than 2 years.
  • When my doctor asks me tomorrow, I won't have been drinking for 6 months.

Question Examples of Future Perfect Continuous : 

  • By the end of the week, how long will you have been working on this project?
  • When you retire next month, how long will you have been working for the company?
  • By this time next week how long will she have been travelling?


Be going to
Be going to passive
Be used to / Get used to
Comparative
Defining relative clause
Echo tag
Expression
First conditional
Future
Future continuous
Future perfect continuous
Future perfect passive
Future perfect simple
Future simple passive
Greeting
Have/Get something done
Imperative
Implied conditional
Indirect question
Infinitive of purpose
Interjection
Mixed conditional
Modal
Modal passive
Non-defining relative clause
Other
Past continuous
Past continuous passive
Past perfect continuous
Past perfect passive
Past perfect simple
Past simple
Past simple passive
Polite request / offer / suggestion
Present continuous
Present continuous passive
Present perfect continuous
Present perfect passive
Present perfect simple
Present simple
Present simple passive
Question tag
Reduced relative clause
Reported speech imperative
Reported speech question
Reported speech request
Reported speech statement
Second conditional
Short answer
Superlative
Third conditional
Used to / would (past habit)
Was/were going to
Was/were supposed to
Wish
Would rather
Zero conditional