Conjugation & verb forms of the future perfect continuous

(Formation of the future perfect progressive tense in English)

Table of contents – formation future perfect progressive

On this page you will find the following:

  1. Formation of the future perfect progressive
  2. Verb forms of the future perfect progressive
  3. Further explanations and exercises

Formation of the future perfect continuous

The future perfect continuous or progressive is formed by combining the auxiliary verbswill’ + ‘have been’ and the progressive form (ing-form) of the corresponding verb. Compare the following example sentences and the full conjugation shown in the table below:

  • Some examples showing the formation of the future perfect continuous:
    • “By the time the train comes, they will have been waiting there for about two hours.”
    • “Michael will have been studying for five years when he graduates.”
      • Be careful here in the second part of the sentence: In this type of sentence (time clause), which is introduced with ‘when’, the verb is usually conjugated in the present simple tense.

Verb forms of the future perfect continuous/progressive

Example verb: ‘to drive

Positive/affirmative sentences

Person/pronoun Positive Short form Interrogative form Short form of question
I He will have been driving. He’ll have been driving. Will he have been driving?
you (singular)
he/she/it
we/you/they

Negative sentences

Person/pronoun Negative Short form Interrogative form Short form of question
I They will not have been driving. They won’t have been driving. Will they not have been driving? Won’t they have been driving?
you (singular)
he/she/it
we/you/they

Further explanations related to the ‘Formation of the future perfect progressive’

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