Future Perfect Continuous Tense

Future Perfect Continuous Tense :

Read the following passage.

According to the guide, the Karmakars have been living in this house since generations. By the time these children grow up, there will have been Karmakars in this house for four centuries. They will have been following the same occupation - that is, of being landlords. They will have been going to England for further studies, the boys will have been educating in the best agricultural institute in England, while the girls will have been studying at Oxford or Cambridge. They will have been following the tradition of marrying at an early age and settling in the same village. Families like the Karmakars are rare indeed.

All the words in bold are in the future perfect continuous tense.

The future perfect continuous tense talks about an action which began in the past, is continuing in the present and will continue for some time in the future.

Complete this passage using the future perfect continuous tense of the verbs given in the brackets.

Mrs. Lai was being interviewed. ‘I am a teacher,’ she said, ‘by next year, I will have been teaching for 45 years. I will have been following the same routine for all these years. I will have been reading the literature textbook. I will have been setting papers. I will have been explaining grammar rules. I will have been showing children how to appreciate poetry. I will have been correcting piles of notebooks, day in and day out, for all these 45 years. I will have been preparing the children for debates and elocutions. I will have been taking practice sessions for skits and plays and I will have been putting together articles for the school magazine for each of these 45 years.’ ‘Oh my, you must be quite bored of it all,’ said the interviewer. ‘Not at all, teaching is my passion, not my profession, so I do not feel bored at all,’ said the dedicated teacher.

Fill in the blanks with the future perfect or the future perfect continuous tense of the verbs given in the brackets.

By the end of the year, we will have been living in Mumbai for eight years.

I hope it would have stopped raining before the match starts.

The tropical rainforests will have been disappearing in thirty years.

By next week, I will have been writting this book for two years.

Next year is Frank’s and Anna’s 25th wedding anniversary. They will have married for 25 years.

The coach will have arrived by 11 a.m.

Anushka will have been learning German for five years by the end of this year.

By the end of this week, I will have shifted to my new apartment.

When their mother returns home at six o’clock, Anupama will have been watching television for six hours.

By next week, we will have redecorated our house.

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