The Future Perfect Continuous Tense
(also called the future perfect progressive)
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We use the future perfect continuous tense to:
- With a time word, to talk about an action which starts before a time in the future and continues up to that time.
In April 2009, I will have been teaching here for two years. (=I started in April 2007 and still teach here now, probably I will continue after April 2009 but we are not sure).
For example, imagine now it is March 2013. I started working in my job in April 2011. If you ask me: how long have you been working here?', I don't want to say '1 year and 11 months' because it's a bit long and complicated. I prefer to use the future perfect continuous so I can say 2 years, which is an easier number.
So, instead of saying: I've been working here for 1 year and 11 months (using the present perfect continuous)
I prefer: In April, I will have been working here for 2 years.