The concept is elusive: in the future, you will have done something in the past?

Susan

Kwiziq community member

24 October 2016

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The concept is elusive: in the future, you will have done something in the past?

Maybe you could describe a situation to which this would apply? I recall the play, "La guerre de Troies n'aura pas lieu," but that was a triumph of imagination. When would you work this into everyday conversation?

This relates to:
Conjugate vouloir, pouvoir, devoir in Le Futur Antérieur (future perfect) -

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

24 October 2016

24/10/16

Hi Susan, the future perfect is used for describing a future (hypothetical) event that is in the past relative to another future event. So both events are in the future, but one is in the past with respect to the other.


For example, "There's a detour, so I can't stop by John's tonight, because I will have driven home a different way." or "By the time I wake up I'll have only had 4 hours sleep!"


It's quite common to have to use it. I hope that helps!

Susan

Kwiziq community member

24 October 2016

24/10/16

Helps a lot. I can relate especially to, "By the time I wake up I'll have only had 4 hours sleep."
Merci!

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