Future Perfect Continuous Tense – English Grammar Tenses

Future Perfect Continuous is one of the important tenses in English grammar structure. Because they are used quite a lot in work and life in a foreign language environment, English tivi has synthesized the necessary knowledge to help you understand and master the knowledge of this structure. We hope this article will help you in your work and study environment.

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The Future Perfect Continuous is used to emphasize the duration of an action or event that is going on in the future and will end before another action or event.

Structure of Future Perfect Continuous Tense


  • S + will + have +been + V-ing
future perfect continuous tense


  • By the end of this year, I will have been playing chess for 2 years.
  • At the end of this month, she will have been learning Chinese for 2 months.
  • By May 30th, he will have been working for that company for 10 years.


  • S + will not + have + been + V-ing


  • won't have been playing sports for 4 months until the end of this year.
  • She won't have been shopping for 2 weeks until the end of this month.
  • We won’t have been studying at 8 a.m tomorrow.
  • The kids won’t have been playing with their friends when their father come this weekend


  • Will + S + have + been + V-ing…?


  • Will she have been studying for 5 years by the end of next year?
  • Will you have been playing tennis for 2 years by the end of this month?
  • Will we have been talking for an hour by the time his wife comes back?


  • Wh-word + will + S + have + been + V-ing ?


  • How long will you have been playing chess by the end of the year?
  • How long will Ricky Martin have been working when he retires?
I will have been startingI will not have been startingWill I have been starting?
You will have been startingYou will not have been startingWill you have been starting?
He will have been startingHe will not have been startingWill he have been starting?
She will have been startingShe will not have been startingWill she have been starting?
It will have been startingIt will not have been startingWill it have been starting?
We will have been startingWe will not have been startingWill we have been starting?
They will have been startingThey will not have been startingWill they have been starting?

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Future Continuous Tense Use

1. Future Perfect Continuous Tense is used to emphasize the continuity of an action over another in the future.


  • My mom will have been doing housework for 2 hours by the time my dad comes home.
  • We will have been talking with each other for 2 hour by the time she get home.
  • Catherine will have been waiting for 2 hours by the time I meet her.

2. Future Perfect Continuous Tense is used to describe an action or event that will continue until a certain time in the future.


  • will have been working at this company for 3 months until the end of this month.
  • By the end of this December, Orlando will have been studying at the universe for 5 years.
  • We will have been living in this house for 10 years by next month.
  • My mother and father will have been getting married for 40 years by the end of this year.

Recognition of Future Perfect Continuous Tense

The sentence contains the adverb below:

  • By then
  • By the time + Simple present tense clause
  • By the end of this month/year/week


  • The future perfect continuous does not use clauses that begin with time words such as: If, as soon as, by this time, while, before, after, unless,…
  • Some words are NOT used in continuous form such as: be, cost, fit, mean, suit, belong, have, feel, hear, see, smell, taste, touch, hate, hope, like, love, prefer, regret, want, wish, believe, know, think, understand,…
  • You can use “be going to” instead of “will” in the structure of the future perfect continuous to show sentences with the same meaning. (Ex: You are going to have been playing 2 more hours for the final boss to appear)

Exercise of Future Perfect Continuous Tense

1.Your aunty (get) pregnant for 5 months?

2. My wife (write) this novel for 2 months by the end of this month.

3. He (work) for this company for 7 years by the end of this year.

4. The children (do) their homework for 1 hour by the time their father get home from work.

5. My mother (cook) dinner for 3 hours by the time our brothers and sisters arrive at my house.

6. They (play) hockey in that field before you reach.

7. I (sing) different kinds of songs before you join us.

8. We (use) our computer for four days.

9. He (not live) in Singapore since June

10. they (eat) vegetables for three months?


  1. will your aunty have been getting
  2. will have been writing
  3. will have been working
  4. will have been doing
  5. will have been cooking
  6. will have been playing
  7. will have been singing
  8. will have been using
  9. will not have been living
  10. will they have been eating

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