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    will have been studying

    "By the time you come, I will have been watching the soccer match for half an hour"

    Is it possible to chage "will have been" to a less complex tense form?

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    Re: will have been studying

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "By the time you come, I will have been watching the soccer match for half an hour"

    Is it possible to change "will have been" to a less complex tense form?
    Not if you want it to have the same meaning.

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    Re: will have been studying

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Not if you want it to have the same meaning.
    Would an average Joe catch the difference, If I said:

    "By the time you come, I'll be watching the soccer match for half an hour"

    I do realize that it's icorrect, but I'm just curious?

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    Re: will have been studying

    Your alternative structure makes no sense in English. It "sounds foreign".

    However, you could say: "By the time you come, I'll be watching the second half of the match."

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    Re: will have been studying

    Quote Originally Posted by Koronas View Post
    Your alternative structure makes no sense in English. It "sounds foreign".

    However, you could say: "By the time you come, I'll be watching the second half of the match."
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    Thanks! What do you think? Is there another option instead of using the Future Perfect Tense?

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    Re: will have been studying

    As already stated:
    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Not if you want it to have the same meaning.
    "By the time you come, I'll 've been watching the soccer match for half an hour" is the only structure available.

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    Re: will have been studying

    Quote Originally Posted by Koronas View Post
    As already stated:

    "By the time you come, I'll 've been watching the soccer match for half an hour" is the only structure available.
    I appreciate that one.

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    Re: will have been studying

    How about "I'll 've watched"? Is it completely impossible?

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    Re: will have been studying

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    How about "I'll 've watched"? Is it completely impossible?


    I suppose it's possible except that it doesn't emphasise the duration of the action. "I'll've watched" sort of indicates the completion of the action by that time while "I'll've been watching" means the action will continue till the time mentioned.

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    Re: will have been studying

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Would an average Joe catch the difference, If I said:

    "By the time you come, I'll be watching the soccer match for half an hour"

    I do realize that it's icorrect, but I'm just curious?
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    (1) I think that you are correct: Joe Blow would probably not use the

    future perfect (I think that few Americans ever use it). He would probably


    say: By the time you get here, I will be watching it for 30 minutes.

    (2) One American grammar book says:

    The future perfect tense has been largely replaced by the simple

    future: "He will finish the work by next Saturday" instead of "He will have

    finished."

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