July 15, 2012

Future Perfect Continuous

The future perfect continuous form of a verb in Hindi is as follows: [imperfective participle of the main verb] [रहा/रही/रहे] [future tense form of होना]

Example: मैं तीन घंटे चलता रहा होऊंगा – “I will have been walking for three hours”.

Please note that this verb form is very rare. Instead, it is more idiomatic to use the simple future tense: मैं तीन घंटे तक चलूँगा.

The imperfective participle agrees with the subject in gender and number. The form of रहा agrees with the subject in gender and number. The future tense form of होना agrees with the subject in number and gender.

Pronoun Masculine Form Feminine Form
मैं चलता रहा होऊंगा चलती रही होऊंगी
हम चलते रहे होंगे चलती रही होंगी
आप चलते रहे होंगे चलती रही होंगी
तुम चलते रहे होगे चलती रही होगी
तू चलता रहा होगा चलती रही होगी
यह/वह चलता रहा होगा चलती रही होगी
ये/वे चलते रहे होंगे चलती रही होंगी
  • Divija Sampathi

    Hi David, Instead of मैं तीन घंटे चलता रहा होऊंगा – “I will have been walking for three hours”, it should have been like “mei theen ghante chal raha hounga”, shouldn’t it be?? pls lemme know

    • Hi, Divija. This article merely documents the form of such verbs. The “future perfect continuous” form is extremely rare in Hindi. It is more natural in colloquial Hindi to use other verb forms. For instance, it would be more natural to say “मैं तीन घंटे तक चल चूका होऊंगा”. In colloquial Hindi, it is common to use continuous verb forms in place of perfect continuous verb forms, e.g. “मैं तीन सालों से हिंदी पढ़ रहा हूँ” (“I’ve been studying Hindi for three years”) instead of “मैं तीन सालों से हिंदी पढता आया हूँ”, etc.