The future perfect tense


The future perfect simple is used to talk about action or event that will be completed before a particular point of time in the future. It is formed by adding the past participle of the verb to will have.

To be more informed about this tense, study the following table.

Basic notes to remember

FORMFormation rule: Subject +will have + past participle
Affirmative/Positive: I/You/We/They/He/She/It will have gone/finished
Negative: I/You/We/They/He/She/It will not (won’t) have gone/finished
Interrogative: Will I/you/we/they/he/she/it have gone/finished?
USE/FUNCTIONAction which, at a given point of time in the future, will be in the past or will have just finished
EXAMPLES– By next week, I will have finished this project.
– She will have visited Paris by the end of next year.
SIGNAL WORDS– by + expression of time
– by then

Future perfect simple: exercise

Put the verbs between brackets in the future perfect simple (affirmative, positive, and interrogative)

  1. I (leave) by six a.m.
  2. (I/finish) the report by the deadline.
  3. When  (we/do) everything?
  4. She (finish) her exams by then, so we can go out for dinner.
  5. You (read) the book before the next class
  6. She (not/finish) work by seven.
  7. When (you/complete) the work?
  8. They (arrive) by dinner time.
  9. We  (be) in London for three years by next week
  10. (she/get) home by lunchtime?
  11. (you/do) everything by seven?
  12. (not/eat) before we come, so we’ll be hungry.
  13. (he/finish) his exams when we go on holiday?
  14. (we/arrive) by the time it gets dark?
  15. (you/get) married when you reach the age of 17?
  16. He (not/complete) the project by July.
  17. How long  (you/be) in this company when you retire?
  18. (She/finish) the cleaning by six.
  19. They (leave)  the classroom by the end of the hour.
  20. (buy/he)  the new house by October?

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