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Future perfect simple

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Future Perfect Simple Form : ( Will + have + past participle (verb 3) )

In English we use the future perfect simple to talk about an action that will be completed before a point in time in the future.

We often use 'by' with the future perfect simple to mean before this time.

Phrases that are commonly used with the future perfect simple are :

  • by dinner time/ two o'clock
  • by the end of the day/ month/ week/year
  • by the time we get there/ get home/ I'm forty/ I finish work
  • by this time next week/ tomorrow/ next year


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

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

Yes, ... will. /

No, ... won't.


Future Perfect Simple Example Sentences :

Positive Examples of Future Perfect Simple :

  • I'll have finished the meeting by 5 o'clock.
  • We'll have driven 500km by the time we get there.
  • I'll have left the country by the time you arrive. 
  • By the end of this month we will have spent $5000 on equipment.

Negative Examples of Future Perfect Simple :

  • He won't have started university yet by the time you arrive.
  • They won't have started the project before May.
  • By the end of this year, the company won't have made any profit.

Question Examples of Future Perfect Simple :

  • Will you have finished the reports by the end of the day?
  • Will they have met up with Peter by the time they reach Tokyo?
  • Will the company have gone bankrupt by the end of the year?


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