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    Shabar35 is offline Newbie
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    Future Perfect Tense

    Hi All,

    I came across following statement regarding Future Perfect Tense in one of the sites.

    "Like all future forms, the Future Perfect cannot be used in clauses beginning with time expressions such as: when, while, before, after, by the time, as soon as, if, unless, etc. Instead of Future Perfect, Present Perfect is used."

    Based on that I am wondering whether following sentence is incorrect.. Because there we use 'By the time', 'before' time expression where in the statement above stated we should not


    - By the time I finish this course, I will have taken ten tests
    - Will she have learned enough Chinese to communicate before she moves to Beijing?



    Appreciate your response


    Cheers

    Shabar



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    Re: Future Perfect Tense

    Welcome to Using English.

    Your sentences are both correct.

    Rover

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    Re: Future Perfect Tense

    "Like all future forms, the Future Perfect cannot be used in clauses beginning with time expressions such as: when, while, before, after, by the time, as soon as, if, unless, etc. Instead of Future Perfect, Present Perfect is used."
    Where did you find this?

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    Re: Future Perfect Tense

    'By the end of July, I will have been a member of UE for seven years.' 'In one of the sites' isn't very rigorous as citations go.

    b

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    Re: Future Perfect Tense

    The sentences you quote are correct, because the time expression is in a different clause to that containing the future perfect tense. Look again at the website you highlighted. It is all explained there.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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