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    future perfect continuous

    How common, in everyday English, are questions like By March, how long will you have been working here? ?

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    Re: future perfect continuous

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    How common, in everyday English, are questions like By March, how long will you have been working here? ?
    ***NOT A TEACHER***Great question! Here in the States, the future perfect and the future perfect progressive are not used very much. Most Americans try to express the idea in "simpler" ways. Maybe something like: By March, how long WILL it BE since you STARTED working here?/ By March, how long IS it since you WORKED here?

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    Re: future perfect continuous

    And if one is asked how long will it be since you started working here, how can they be answered? Itīll be two years since I started .... ? Would it convey the same idea as I will have been ... ?

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    Re: future perfect continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    And if one is asked how long will it be since you started working here, how can they be answered? Itīll be two years since I started .... ? Would it convey the same idea as I will have been ... ?
    ***NOT A TEACHER***I THINK your answer is fine. I guess you could even say, "(By March) I'm going to finish two years since I started here." I guess people can use almost any tense in order not to use the future perfect, which seems so strange to many Americans.

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    Re: future perfect continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    How common, in everyday English, are questions like By March, how long will you have been working here? ?
    Questions using the future perfect continuous are quite common in BrE.

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