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    Future perfect - is it common in modern UK English?

    Good morning,
    I just want to ask if Future Perfect and Future Perfect Progressive tenses are used often in modern UK English or if they are rather rare. Thanks,
    Marketa.

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    Re: Future perfect - is it common in modern UK English?

    'By next July I will have been living in this house for 6 years'.
    'By next May I will have had my dog for 4 years'.

    Yes, they are quite usual.

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    Re: Future perfect - is it common in modern UK English?

    Some variants of English don't use it in the way we do for assumptions that something has or hasn't been completed at the time of speaking:
    Don't phone now- he won't have got home.
    This is a perfectly normal usage to me but I have seen some AmE spekakers who found it rather odd, though I don't kniow how general this is.

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    Re: Future perfect - is it common in modern UK English?

    Thanks, this sort of information is very useful for me as usually it is not covered by our English grammar books.

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    Re: Future perfect - is it common in modern UK English?

    Quote Originally Posted by jirickova View Post
    Good morning,
    I just want to ask if Future Perfect and Future Perfect Progressive tenses are used often in modern UK English or if they are rather rare. Thanks,
    Marketa.
    What a strange question - as if these forms were just inventions by sadistic grammarians We do use them when the context calls for it, and also in the case that Tdol mentioned - to express assumptions. On the Radio 4 programme I'm sorry, I haven't a clue there was a series of fireside discussions between two old Scots that always started 'You'll have had your tea then.' (Not a very helpful memory, but it was there...)

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    Re: Future perfect - is it common in modern UK English?

    On the Radio 4 programme I'm sorry, I haven't a clue there was a series of fireside discussions between two old Scots that always started 'You'll have had your tea then.'

    Thank you for that.

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