perfect with respect to a temporal point of reference in time to come; completed with respect to a time in the future, especially when incomplete with respect to the present.
noting or pertaining to a tense or other verb formation or construction with such reference.
the future perfect tense.
another verb formation or construction with future perfect meaning.
a form in the future perfect, as He will have come.
Verb Tenses: Past, Future, And Even PerfectThe six basic verb tenses are past, present, future, past perfect, present perfect, and future perfect. Verb tenses identify the time period when an action occurs. They also show relationships between events that happen at different times. The simple tenses (past, present, and future) are the most basic forms. Simple Tenses Present tense describes events happening now. It’s also useful for describing a direct action …
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Origin of future perfect
First recorded in 1895–1900
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denoting a tense of verbs describing an action that will have been performed by a certain time. In English this is formed with will have or shall have plus the past participle
- the future perfect tense
- a verb in this tense
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