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    Default future perfect simple?? huh??

    Confusion city!

    I understand the form of the future perfect simple as:

    subject + auxillary verb will / shall + auxillary verb have + past participle of verb

    I understand the form of the future perfect continuous as:

    subject + auxillary verb will +auxillary verb have + past participle + Infinitiv+ ing

    However I was then confronted with the following sentences:

    I will have been in London for six months by the time I leave.
    By Monday, Susan will have had my book for a week.
    By June I will have been at this school for three years.

    As they do not have the infinitiv + ing I would say they are simple, however, as they use 'will have been' are they continuous??

    I am so confused!! Are those sentences in fact simple and are they used to show a duration of something that started in the past and has continued up to a certain time / event?

    Would they be depicted on a timeline as both in the future with two seperate crosses ( X ) for two seperate events?

    Anyone who can shed some light on this please help!!

    Thank you for all your assistance.

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    Default Re: future perfect simple?? huh??

    "Future perfect tense describes an action that will occur in the future before some other action. This tense is formed by using will have with the past participle of the verb." Source
    By the time the troops arrive, the combat group will have spent several weeks waiting.
    There's a timeline here, Perfect Tenses. Scroll down to where it says The Future Perfect Tense.


    Does that help so far?

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    Default Re: future perfect simple?? huh??

    Thankyou for the reply,

    it was those sentences in particular that i was having trouble with but have since been told that they are indeed simple sentences - so all is happy again!!!

    Thanks so much for ur help!!

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