The future perfect tense is used to show events that will both happen and be completed in the future. This lesson will describe how to identify and use this verb tense.
The Future is Tense
In life, the future is rarely perfect, but in grammar, it can be. And if you forgive that terrible joke and stick with me, I’ll show how to identify the future perfect tense and use it in your own writing.But first a word on verb tense. Simply speaking, verb tense describes when an action is happening (and if you don’t remember, a verb is an action word, which is why it is important here).
In English, we typically change the form of the verb to indicate the change from present tense (happening right now) to past tense (happening in the past):
- Sophie walks to the store.
- Sophie walked to the store.
In the first example, the present form of ”walks” changes to the past participle of ”walked” as shown in the second example.But what if Sophie hasn’t done it yet. Well, in English, unlike many other languages, we have no future participle.
We indicate the future with the helping verb ‘will’:
- Sophie will walk to the store tomorrow.
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