# He will destroy/have destroyed it.

#### 99bottles

##### Senior Member
The sentence below is supposed to be part of a dramatic scene. I'm considering using the future perfect to make it more dramatic, but I'm not sure whether it is correct (mainly because I almost never use the future perfect, so I'm not familiar with it).

He is slowly approaching the piece of paper on the table. In a few seconds, he will rip/have ripped that damned piece of paper to shreds.

#### emsr2d2

##### Moderator
Staff member
They're both possible but they have different meanings.

In a few seconds, he will rip ... = In a few seconds, he will start ripping
In a few seconds, he will have ripped ... = In a few seconds, the ripping will already be over

#### 99bottles

##### Senior Member
They're both possible but they have different meanings.

In a few seconds, he will rip ... = In a few seconds, he will start ripping
In a few seconds, he will have ripped ... = In a few seconds, the ripping will already be over

So, am I right when I feel that the future perfect makes this scene more dramatic?

#### 5jj

##### Moderator
Staff member
I think you are trying to read too much into the change of aspect.

#### Tarheel

##### VIP Member
You're trying to create drama between a person and a piece of paper, right?

#### 99bottles

##### Senior Member
You're trying to create drama between a person and a piece of paper, right?

Something like that.

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