Future Perfect Progressive Tense: What It Is and How To Use It

Do you know what the future perfect progressive tense is? This article will provide you with all of the information you need on future perfect progressive tenses, including its definition, usage, example sentences, and more!

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What is the future progressive tense?

According to Walden, there are many different forms of verbs in the English language, from a simple form of the verb to complex:

  •   Present perfect tense
  •   Present perfect progressive tense 
  •   Conditional perfect tense
  •   Future progressive tense
  •   Future perfect tense
  •   Conditional progressive tense
  •   Present participle tense
  •   Simple conditional tense
  •   Bare infinitive tense
  •   Infinitive tense
  •   Present perfect continuous tense
  •   Past progressive/continuous tense
  •   Past progressive tense
  •   Past participle tense
  •   Subjunctive tense
  •   Imperative tense
  •   Present indicative tense
  •   Indicative tense
  •   Simple future tense
  •   Present perfect progressive/continuous tense
  •   Simple past tense
  •   Conditional perfect progressive tense
  •   To-infinitive tense
  •   Simple present tense
  •   Future perfect progressive tense
  •   Present continuous tense
  •   Past perfect tense
  •   Conditional tense
  •   Gerund tense or gerund phrase 
  •   Present progressive tense
  •   Perfect passive tense
  •   Past perfect progressive tense

Today we will go over the future perfect progressive tense, also known as the future perfect continuous tense. Progressive tenses and continuous tenses, describe actions that are in progress. According to Grammar Monster, future perfect progressive tense is used for an ongoing action that will occur in the future. The future part of the future progressive often utilizes the word “will” while the progressive form uses the ing verbs ending in place of the final consonant, called the present participle of verb. This is done with the action verbs in a sentence for the continuous event. This verb tense can be used in the negative form, question sentences, or positive form.

Many different languages also contain words that mean future tense. You may notice that some of these translations of future tense look and sound similar to one another. These are called cognates, which are words and phrases in different languages that likely have the same root or language of origin, causing them to sound the same. The below list of translations of future tense is provided by Word Sense

  • Telugu: భవిష్య‎, భావి‎
  • Portuguese: futuro‎, vindouro‎
  • Greek: μελλοντικός‎, μέλλων‎
  • Dutch: toekomstig‎
  • Afrikaans: toekoms‎
  • Armenian: ապագա‎
  • Esperanto: estonta‎, futura‎
  • Spanish: futuro‎, venidero‎
  • Czech: budoucí‎
  • Latvian: nākotnes‎
  • French: futur‎
  • Interlingua: futur‎
  • Nynorsk: framtidig‎
  • Norman: futur‎
  • Bulgarian: бъ̀дещ‎
  • Basque: geroko‎
  • Cyrillic: будући‎
  • Slovene: prihodnji‎
  • Ukrainian: майбу́тній‎
  • Roman: budući‎ 
  • Ido: futura‎
  • Hebrew: עֲתִידִי‎ (atidí)
  • Belarusian: бу́дучы‎
  • Romanian: viitor‎
  • Bokmål: framtidig‎, fremtidig‎
  • Italian: futuro‎
  • Slovak: budúci‎
  • Russian: бу́дущий‎, гряду́щий‎
  • Danish: fremtidig‎
  • Macedonian: иден‎
  • Turkish: gelecek‎
  • Finnish: tuleva‎; tulevaisuuden‎
  • German: zukünftig‎
  • Polish: przyszły‎
  • Hungarian: jövőbeli‎
  • Catalan: futur‎
  • Lithuanian: būsimas‎

What are examples of the future progressive tense?

Future progressive tense can be used in many different contexts in the English language. Trying to use a word or literary technique in a sentence is one of the best ways to memorize what it is, but you can also try making flashcards or quizzes that test your knowledge. Try using this term of the day in a sentence today! Below are a couple of examples of future progressive tense that can help get you started incorporating this tool into your everyday use.  Take a look at the below list of future progressive tense examples from Really Learn English, Writing Explained and Grammar Monster:

  •  In November, the kids will have had their exams already. 
  •  He will have been driving for an hour by the time he gets home.
  •  Will I have been playing poker for 30 years by then?
  •  You will have been waiting for over two hours when the train finally arrives.
  •  John will have been baking a cake.
  •  In November, we will have been living in Spain for eleven years.
  •  By June, she will be nearing the end of maternity and ready to deliver.
  •  They will win that contest because they will have been practicing for months.
  •  Even though she will have been dancing the whole night, Monica will still look very fresh.
  •  We will have been waiting for 30 minutes when Jason arrives.
  •  By the time the boat arrives, they will have been living without proper food for two weeks.
  •  By the time we reach Thursday, I will have been taking exams for four days.
  •  In July next year, you will have been studying for eight months.
  •  I will have been playing poker for 30 years by then.
  •  They will have been painting the fence for two days by Saturday.
  •  Tony will be tired when he gets here because he will have been exercising for four hours.
  •  We will be in significant debt because we will have been overspending for a month.
  •  How long will you have been studying when you get your degree?
  •  By the end of the day, he will have carried ninety bags of potatoes on his back.
  •  In July, James will have traveled to thirteen countries in Asia as well as to London, New York and Spain via the airport. 
  •  In July next year, you will not have been studying for three years.
  •  In July next year, will you have been studying for 3 years?
  •  In December, I will have been working here for two years.
  •  Next summer, I will have been a homeowner for three years.
  •  I will not have been playing poker for 30 years by then.
  •  They will be tired when they get home because they will have been working late.
  •  They will have been painting the fence.
  •  When will you have been studying for 3 years?
  •  By six o’clock, John will have been baking a cake for an hour.

Overall, the future progressive tense uses the ing form of the main verb 


  1. Verb Forms: “-ing,” Infinitives, and Past Participles – Grammar – Academic Guides | Walden 
  2. Examples of Future Perfect Progressive Tense | Really Learn English 
  3. Future Perfect Progressive Tense | What Is the Future Perfect Progressive Tense? | Grammar Monster 
  4. future: meaning, origin, translation | Word Sense 
  5. What is the Future Perfect Progressive Tense? | Writing Explained