Every grammar book has a section about Future Perfect tenses, but as this article and the comments point out, I don't really hear this type of language constructions from Americans (including in an office setting). Would be really nice to know what a native speaker would do/say/use in a normal conversation in situations like these (even if it's not grammatically correct or has not exactly the same meaning):

  • The film will already have started by the time we get to the cinema. [example from a British Book]
  • The company will have spent all their training budget by the end of the month.
  • They won’t have arrived by the time you get there.
  • @michaelharvey, I'm sorry if I offended anyone, I didn't mean, please let me know what you think is offensive here and I'll fix it
    – heluser
    Commented Apr 4, 2020 at 23:10
  • The part about “Little Miss Future Perfect” isn’t really part of the question and could be removed. I don’t think it singles out the British, though. On a site created for enthusiasts of the language, the offensiveness is international.
    – Lawrence
    Commented Apr 5, 2020 at 0:18
  • Thanks, I removed it and I apologize for this issue, found this picture on the Grammarly site didn't think they would use a controversial image.
    – heluser
    Commented Apr 5, 2020 at 0:27
  • You don't listen very well. US Midwest, and none of those sounds particularly strange to me (except perhaps for "cinema").
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Apr 5, 2020 at 0:50
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    We use future perfect verbs. It's future perfect passive verbs that we don't use — "next summer, this bridge will have been being fixed for five years." For this particular case, we'd probably say will have been under construction, but there's no method for avoiding future perfect passive verbs that works all the time. Commented Apr 5, 2020 at 1:26

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It would be reasonably idiomatic for someone to say "The movie will already be running by the time we get there" or "The company will have burned through the training budget by the end of the month". The last one would be more likely to be stated as "You'll probably get there before they do".

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