The FUTURE PERFECT TENSE is the past of the future, in a manner of speaking. It shows something that will be complete at some point in the future. By the year 2050 we will have found a way to make a car run on water. 2050 is the future. Some time before then, a car running on water will be a reality. In 2050, our future, that invention will be a past (completed) act.
The conditional perfect is a little trickier. It refers to a point in the past when something would have been completed. There’s always an implied “if clause.” I would have eaten all the cake (if I could have). Although the time isn’t specified, it is always some point in the past.
You should be able to predict these two tenses. • Perfect means that you’ll have, • in English, “has,” “have,” or “had” • in Spanish, a form of “haber” • In BOTH, a past participle (hablado) • Future means that you’ll have, • in English, the word “will” • in Spanish, the future of “haber” • Conditional means that you’ll have, • in English, the word “would” • in Spanish, the conditional of “haber”
Following are the future perfect forms of “haber”: habré habremos habrás habréis habrá habrán Put these helping verbs with a past participle to form the future perfect: future perfect ↓↓ habré hablado – I will have spoken
Following are the conditional perfect forms of “haber”: habría habríamos habrías habríais habría habrían Put these helping verbs with a past participle to form the future perfect: conditional perfect ↓↓ habría hablado – I would have spoken
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