Making the Future Perfect Tense in Spanish - dummies

Making the Future Perfect Tense in Spanish

With the future perfect verb tense, you combine the future tense of the Spanish verb haber (to have) with the past participle of the main verb to express actions that will have happened. The future perfect tense enables you to describe future actions that you’re almost entirely sure will happen. Of course, you can never really be sure that a future action has been completed.

To form the future perfect, you follow the same two steps you take to form any of the compound tenses:

  1. Begin with the verb haber in the appropriate tense (the future tense, in this case).

  2. Add the past participle of the main verb.

The only curve here is that the helping verb haber is formed irregularly in the future tense. You start with the irregular verb stem habr– and add the regular future verb endings. The following chart shows the conjugation for the verb haber in the future tense.

The Future Tense of Haber
Conjugation Translation
yo habré I will have
tú habrás You (informal) will have
él/ella/ello/uno habrá He/she/one will have
usted habrá You (formal) will have
nosotros habremos We will have
vosotros habréis You all (informal) will have
ellos/ellas habrán They will have
ustedes habrán You all (formal) will have

Here are a couple example sentences to help you get the hang of forming the future perfect tense:

  • Nosotros habremos vivido aquí 10 años este diciembre. We will have lived here 10 years this December.

  • Yo habré terminado el proyecto antes de salir de vacación. I will have finished the project before leaving for vacation.