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    will have been=have been=will be

    "I have been married 27 years next month. About 2 months ago my husband tells me he doesn't want to be married any longer."

    1)Would this be a colloquial use for "will have been...."? Would there be much difference in conversation between "I have been married 27 years next month." and "I'll be married 27 years next month."?

    2) If I didn't know how long they have been married for next month, would it be acceptable to say "They may have been married 25-30 years next month."?

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    Re: will have been=have been=will be

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "I have been married 27 years next month. About 2 months ago my husband tells told me he doesn't didn't want to be married any longer."
    (Note: the use of the present tense is possible in this context but it has a very specific use which I personally wouldn't encourage learners to use.)

    1)Would this be a colloquial use for "will have been...."? Yes.

    Would there be much difference in conversation between "I have been married 27 years next month." and "I'll be married 27 years next month."? I wouldn't say the latter. I would say it's between "I've been married 27 years next month" and "I'll have been married 27 years next month".

    2) If I didn't know how long they have been married for next month, would it be acceptable to say "They may have been married 25-30 years next month."?
    That sounds unnatural. I would use "Next month, they'll have been married somewhere between 25 and 30 years, I think."
    See above.

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    Re: will have been=have been=will be

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    See above.

    Would it apply to the use of the present perfect proggressive and future progressive?

    Could I say things like "I have been living in this town 2 years next month." or "I'll be living in this town 2 years next month."?

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    Re: will have been=have been=will be

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Would it apply to the use of the present perfect proggressive and future progressive?

    Could I say things like "I have been living in this town 2 years next month." or "I'll be living in this town 2 years next month."?
    I will have been living in this town 2 years next month.

    Definitely not "I'll be living in this town 2 years next month" - that sounds as if you're going to start living there next month and will then live there for 2 years.

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    Re: will have been=have been=will be

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I will have been living in this town 2 years next month.

    Definitely not "I'll be living in this town 2 years next month" - that sounds as if you're going to start living there next month and will then live there for 2 years.
    What if I threw in "already", would it work ? "I'll be living in this town 2 months already."?

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    Re: will have been=have been=will be

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    What if I threw in "already", would it work ? "I'll be living in this town 2 months already."?
    I'm not sure why you think adding other words is going to make "I'll be living ..." correct. It doesn't matter what else you put in the sentence, it still needs to be "I will have been living..."

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    Re: will have been=have been=will be

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I'm not sure why you think adding other words is going to make "I'll be living ..." correct. It doesn't matter what else you put in the sentence, it still needs to be "I will have been living..."
    When I say "My girlfriend and I have been together for a year next month. So we're going to celebrate it."

    I'm refering to a point in the future in the first sentence. Would it work in the following context "I've been here waiting for you for almost an hour when you come."?
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    Re: will have been=have been=will be

    Why do you insist on wanting not to use use will in situations when it is normal and natural to use it?

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    Re: will have been=have been=will be

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    When I say "My girlfriend and I have been together for a year next month. So we'regoing to celebrate it."

    I'm refering to a point in the future in the first sentence. Would it work in the following context "I've been here waiting for you for almost an hour when you come."?
    My girlfriend and I have been together for a year [now/today].
    My girlfriend and I will have been together for a year next month.

    I've been waiting here for you for almost an hour [and you have just arrived].
    I will have been waiting here for you for almost an hour by the time you come.
    I had been waiting here for you for almost an hour when you came.

    Again, it doesn't matter what different context you use, you need to say "will have been verb+ing".

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    Re: will have been=have been=will be

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    My girlfriend and I have been together for a year [now/today].
    My girlfriend and I will have been together for a year next month.

    I've been waiting here for you for almost an hour [and you have just arrived].
    I will have been waiting here for you for almost an hour by the time you come.
    I had been waiting here for you for almost an hour when you came.

    Again, it doesn't matter what different context you use, you need to say "will have been verb+ing".
    Not only have I been reading grammar text-books. I've also heard people saying things that do not come up to the standard grammar rules so I was just wandering if it would be possible in post # 18-Jul-2011 16:25?

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