But what is the Futur Anterieur tense?


Kwiziq community member

15 March 2019

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But what is the Futur Anterieur tense?

 Is it like the movie Back to the Future?  or would that be posterior?   When is it used?

This question relates to:
French lesson "Conjugate vouloir, pouvoir, devoir in Le Futur Antérieur (future perfect)"


Kwiziq language super star

16 March 2019


Hi Jack,

The futur antérieur is the future perfect in English.

It describes an action in the future which is planned to happen before another time reference in the future.

There are some examples in the Q&A section of this lesson.


Kwiziq community member

1 April 2019


Hi Cécile,

Yet by your very explanation, "they will have been happy together" does not make sense at all. Are they planning to be together or they wanted to be together but could not and hence their happiness was forfeighted? Do you see where the confusion is coming in? If it is a future action, in English it sounds like something is going to prevent it from taking place.

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