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Future Perfect Tense

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Introduction

The future perfect describes an action that will be finished or completed in the future.

Form

The future perfect is formed by combining will have with the past participle:

You will have seen me walk across the stage.

They will have visited the museum.

Negative Form

Simply add not:

We will not have managed that.

Asking Questions

Use the regular form:

Will he have gone home?

Sample Uses

Actions Completed in the Future

At the end of our trip we will have visited twenty countries.

I don’t think I will have completed the assignment by then.

 As the examples show, the future perfect is often used to refer to an action completed before some other event or moment.

More Information

For more information, please see our introduction to all twelve verb tenses in English.