Future perfect call: how to use it, formation

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THEperfect future (or ffuture composite) of callsignit is a tense that indicates a future action, event, process or state prior to another future action. In many situations, it can be translated by the future of the present tense composed of the Portuguese language, but this equivalence is not always possible.

This verb mode is also used to express surprise, disapproval, or indignation in exclamations; make assumptions about the present and the perfect past tense of callsign (probability future or conjecture); and with concessional value, together with the conjunction but.

THE perfect future it is a compound time formed by the verb knowconjugate in the future call imperfect and the main verb in the participle mode.

Read more: Infinitive, gerund and participle in Spanish

Summary about future call perfect

  • It expresses action, event, process or future state prior to another future action.

  • It is used to express surprise, disapproval or indignation in exclamations.

  • It is also used to make assumptions regarding the

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    perfect tense of indicative or to callsign present (probability future or conjecture).

  • It has a concessional value, together with the conjunction but.

  • It is a compound tense formed by the verb know conjugate in the future call imperfect and the main verb in the participle mode.

How to use the ffuture perfect of callsign?

  • To express action, event, process or future state prior to another future action:

When you return from the school, you have finished reading the book.
(When you get back from school, I'll have finished reading the book.)

For el lunes, ya habré delivered el trabajo.
(By Monday, I'll have the work delivered.)

  • To express surprise, disapproval or indignation in exclamations:

If you had the urge to decirle some truths!
(I wanted to tell him some truths!)

the lexicalized expression habrase seen comes from if there will be seen, and is frequently used in the Spanish language:

Llegó afternoon and no me pidió excuses. ¿Habrase seen this caradura?
(She arrived late and didn't apologize to me. Where have you seen so much cockiness?)

Habrase seen so gross!
(Where so much/such rudeness has been seen!)

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  • To make assumptions regarding the perfect tense of indicative or to callsign present (probability future or conjecture):

Mariana has arrived late to work.
There will be a lot of traffic.
(— Mariana arrived late for work.
— There must have been a lot of traffic.)

At the meeting I shelter. Where is the habré puesto?
(I can't find my coat. Where did I put it?)

You adverbs and expressions of doubt are used a lot with this tense:

I believe Alejandra is not in Vienna. A lo mejor will be forgotten by our citation.
(I think Alejandra is not coming. She must have forgotten about our date.)

  • Granting value:

In this case, the perfect future joins the conjunctionbut. We admit what the interlocutor says and then reject his proposition:

Habrás studied a lot, but it is not reflected in your notes.
(You may have studied a lot, but that's not reflected in your grades.)

Formation of the ffuture perfect of callsign

It is formed with the future call imperfect of the verb know and the participle of the main verb.














let us know

you (the)


ellos (as)/ustedes


Irregularities are due to irregular verbs in the participle. See a list of the most common:

decide - dicho

die - dead

solve - resuelto

back - turn

do - hecho

poner - puesto

break - broken

see - seen

scribe - writing

die - dead

solved exercises

Question 01

Read the following sentences and indicate what value the subrayed imperfect future verbs have:

a) If I didn't call you, just because I didn't hare salido of work.

b) Juana is not at home. ¿if will be gone yes me?

c) Camila tells her not to pay me, ¡habrase seen so much sinvergüenceria!

d) When the year ends, habré changed me From home.

e) this haha been a good film in its time, but today in es así.


a) assumption

b) probability future

c) express indignation

d) future action before another future action

e) concessive value

question 02

El Sueno del Celta

el Congo

When opening the gate of the cell, with the jet of light and a blow of wind, I also entered the noise of the street that the stone walls were erased and Roger woke up, scared. Blinking, confused nevertheless, struggling to calm down, he divided, leaning against the vano de la puerta, the silhouette of the sheriff. His flaccid face, with its red mustaches and slanderous eyes, gazed at him with the antipathy he had never tried to hide. Here is someone who would suffer if the English Government granted the request for clemency.

"Visitor," murmured el sheriff, without quitarle los ojos de enima.

He put himself on his feet, frotándose los brazos. How much had I slept? Uno de los tortures of Pentonville Prison was not knowing the time. In the Brixton prison and in the Tower of London he heard the campanadas that marked the half hours and the hours; here, the thick walls in dejaban to access the interior of the prison and the revue of the campanas of the churches of Caledonian Road in the bullicio of the Islington market and the guards staked in the port strictly comply with the order not to direct it word. The sheriff I put on the wives and indicated that they had come out before him. ¿Le traería su abogado alguna good news? Was the cabinet meeting and a decision made?

(LLOSA, Mario Vargas. El Sueno del Celta. Alfaguara: Madrid, 2010.)

The final sentence of the text “Has the cabinet been brought together and a decision taken?” indicates

a) a doubt of the narrator regarding a future event.

b) a doubt of the narrator regarding a present event.

c) a doubt of the narrator regarding a past event.

d) the narrator's surprise at a future event.

e) a surprise of the narrator in face of a present event.

Solution: Letter C. The narrator is going to meet his lawyer and expresses doubt as to whether he has met with the cabinet to make a decision before the visit.

By Renata Martins Gornattes
Spanish teacher

Would you like to reference this text in a school or academic work? Look:

GORNATTES, Renata Martins. "Future perfect of call"; Brazil School. Available in: https://brasilescola.uol.com.br/espanhol/futuro-perfecto-de-indicativo.htm. Accessed on December 14, 2021.

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