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Thursday, July 21, 2016 Verbs: Future Tense

This is the final post about verb tenses to help you become the smartest person ever. When your classmates and professor hear you talking about the future perfect continuous verb tense, they’ll be blown away. They will want to be your friend. Best friend. BUT, before we can attain that high and lofty goal, let’s actually learn the future tense verbs first.

The future tense verbs have very similar names to the past and present tense verbs: simple future, future continuous, future perfect, future perfect continuous.

Simple Future

This is a great place to start because it’s really easy. All you do is put “will” in front of a verb to indicate that you will do something in the future.

  • I will water my plants when I get home.
  • I will throw away the garbage when I get home.
  • She will give me my money.
  • The chef will cook my meal quickly.

Future Continuous

If you are going to do something in the future that will be going on for a while, try to use this verb tense! To create this tense, use “will be” and the present participle. This will usually end in “ing.”

  • I will be running a marathon in two weeks.
  • I will be eating broccoli.
  • My dog will be sleeping this afternoon.
  • The administrative assistant will be typing all day.

Future Perfect

By using “will have” and the past participle, you can create the future perfect tense. Just like with other perfect tenses, it indicates that something will have already occurred in the future.

  • She will have skated for 4 years.
  • The turtle will have stared at the carrot for 20 consecutive minutes.
  • The cake will have baked in the oven for far too long.
  • The student will have finished her homework by the time her parents come home.

Future Perfect Continuous

To form this verb tense, use “will have been” AND the present participle. This tense refers to an ongoing action at some point in the future. 

  • My grandmother will have been residing in her apartment for 3 years.
  • The lettuce will have been rotting in the fridge for a week.
  • The car will have been experiencing problems for too long to include repairs under warranty.
  • The carpenter will have been working for 9 hours straight in 10 minutes.

There we have it! In total, we’ve looked at 12 different verb tenses to help you understand more about grammar as a language and to help you identify parallelism in your own papers. Work hard and in no time you will have a strong grasp on verb tenses. 

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