Future Perfect Exercises (With Printable PDF)

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Danielle McLeod

Danielle McLeod is a highly qualified secondary English Language Arts Instructor who brings a diverse educational background to her classroom. With degrees in science, English, and literacy, she has worked to create cross-curricular materials to bridge learning gaps and help students focus on effective writing and speech techniques. Currently working as a dual credit technical writing instructor at a Career and Technical Education Center, her curriculum development surrounds student focus on effective communication for future career choices.

All languages use tense to help describe whether an action is presently taking place, took place in the past, or will be taking place in the future.

In the English language, there are different verb tenses to help explain the time an event is happening. The future perfect tense references an action that will finish between the present and some point in the future.

These are easy to practice but can be a little confusing to non-native speakers, so we have compiled a quick review and printable grammar exercises for you to practice with.

Future Perfect Tense Explained

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The key to understanding this verb tense lies in its name:

  • Future refers to an action that will happen or occur sometime after the present time.
  • In grammar, perfect refers to a completed action.

This means that the future perfect tense references an event that will be completed before another begins.

For example:

  • I’ll have left before you arrive, so feel free to park in my spot.

Formulating Future Perfect Tense in Sentences

Creating a future perfect sentence is easy. It always follows the same formula whether your sentence is singular or plural: will have + past participle.

You can even easily change the sentence to the negative with the inclusion of “not” between “will” and “have.”

For example:

  • Jonathan will have completed the survey by the end of the class period.
  • Sarah started late, so she will not have finished before the end of class.

Using the future perfect tense in a sentence is equally as easy and simply inserts the subject between “will” and “have.”

For example:

  • Will Markus have had enough time to finish if he leaves five minutes early?
Future Perfect Exercise #1

Future Perfect Exercise #1

Use the words in brackets to make each sentence future perfect.
Example: They _____ [start] law school next month.
Answer: will have started

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Future Perfect Exercise #2

Future Perfect Exercise #2

Choose the correct answer to complete each future perfect sentence.

All students _________ two exams and three projects by the end of the semester.
My car _______________ in the shop for two months next week.
The crops ___________ in time for harvest.
The teacher _________________ the essays until the end of next week.
The travelers ___________ the end of their trip by seven o’clock.
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Future Perfect Exercise #3

Future Perfect Exercise #3

Rewrite each sentence in the future perfect tense. Answers may vary.

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