Future Perfect Tense


The Future Perfect is not a very common tense in English. But you should know it well, and understand it when it is used.

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How do We Use this Tense?

PERFECT here means "complete, finished".

The Future Perfect is a form of the verb that shows the action will be complete before some time in the future.

It does not mean the action will be "perfect" (100%). It means the action will be finished.

Here are the different usages of this tense:

The Future Perfect is often used together with Simple Present.

For example: Jake will have passed his exams before he gets his degree.

Make sure you also read:

Examples of Typical Time Expressions


An action that will happen
before another action in the future 

(The verbs are in bold)



He will have prepared by the time he leaves the house.

a man preparing to go out




He will have played before the season ends.

a baseball player



His wife will have made dinner by the time he returns.

an old man digging




By the time he leaves the bar, he will have drunk a lot.

a guy at the bar



He will have destroyed the book before his parents arrive.

a baby ripping out pages



He will have ruined her ears by the time they get home.

a girl getting a horrible ballade



An action that will happen before
a specific time in the future


He will have returned home by 6 o'clock.

a speeding car

By midnight, they will have partied like crazy.

a party




By tomorrow, he will have slept well.

a guy sleeping



All his teeth will have come in by next year.

a kid with a missing tooth



A state that will continue up to
some time in the future


Tomorrow he will have been sick for 2 weeks.

a man sick



Next week she will have already lived 6 months in the country.

a country girl



He will have worked for us for 10 years next August.

a lumberjack


Examples of
Typical Time Expressions

  • By the time
  • At this time tomorrow
  • By next week

Boy writing happily


What's Next?

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  3. Practice, practice, practice with the Exercises

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