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    Continuous tenses
    Message de futaro posté le 05-04-2007 à 19:19:23 (S | E | F | I)

    Hi everybody!
    Could anyone tell me what is the difference between:
    I will have lived in London
    and
    I will have been living in London.
    Thank you for your help.
    -------------------
    Modifié par bridg le 05-04-2007 19:31


    Réponse: Continuous tenses de willy, postée le 05-04-2007 à 20:27:36 (S | E)
    Hello !

    In the second example, there is what is called "a lack of permanency".
    The English hostages in Iran, for example, could have said last Tuesday : "On Wednesday, we will have been staying in Iran for eight days". They knew that their ordeal would come to an end soon!
    You could say the same when you are on holiday, for instance, as you know you are not going to stay at a particular place for a long time.


    Réponse: Continuous tenses de futaro, postée le 06-04-2007 à 01:28:39 (S | E)
    Thank you for your message but I´m not sure whether I understand it. Both examples have the same meaning, but in the second one, it´s for a short time. Is it true?


    Réponse: Continuous tenses de willy, postée le 06-04-2007 à 10:04:53 (S | E)
    Hello !

    Yes, you're right. Continuous tenses are used for temporary actions and situations. Your example is about a situation that will be already going on at a particular moment that you are thinking about (but you didn't mention it, by the way).


    Réponse: Continuous tenses de nick27, postée le 06-04-2007 à 11:00:43 (S | E)
    Hello,

    Without any context, it's hard to explain the sentences. What I can say is that both tenses are often used with the "expression" : by the time that something happens

    I looked for information through internet and here's what I've found out :


    Your first sentence :
    "The Future Perfect expresses the idea that something will occur before another action in the future. It can also show that something will happen before a specific time in the future."

    EX: You will have perfected your English by the time you come back from the U.S.


    Your second sentence :
    "We use the Future Perfect Continuous to show that something will continue up until a particular event or time in the future. "For five minutes," "for two weeks," and "since Friday" are all durations which can be used with the Future Perfect Continuous."

    EX: You will have been waiting for more than two hours when her plane finally arrives.

    Hope it's helped


    Réponse: Continuous tenses de nycfrancophone, postée le 08-04-2007 à 07:21:36 (S | E)
    Those are all excellent responses but let me add something that I hope will simplify the difference for you and make it easy.

    Let's say I moved to London in May 1997. I'm still living in London. Thinking back on how fast the time went, I might say: "This coming May I will have been living in London 10 years!" (still going on)

    Now, if I plan on moving back to the USA shortly after, thinking about the future, I would say: "By the time I move back to New York this summer, I will have lived in London 10 years!" (action completed)

    NYC


    Réponse: Continuous tenses de futaro, postée le 08-04-2007 à 19:12:18 (S | E)
    Thank you very much NYC. I think I´ll have no more problems with Future continuous. Your examples are very good.

    Happy Easter to you and to all anglaisfacile´s friends.

    Futaro


    Réponse: Continuous tenses de TravisKidd, postée le 08-04-2007 à 19:25:01 (S | E)
    Yes, the continuous tenses reflect the transient (i.e. fugacious) aspect of a situation, one that is happening at the moment but is (perhaps) expected to end eventually.

    Sometimes it is less important what the situation actually is, than how the speaker perceives it.




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