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Lesson 4: Future perfect tense - part 2 | 1 2


The future perfect is often used at the beginning of charters and deeds to describe a time in the future when the document will be read.

For example:

Omnibus ad quos hec presens carta pervenerit
To all to whom this present charter will have come.

It is also frequently found in wills to describe the intention of leaving property or money to someone else in the case that the original inheritor is no longer living when the testator dies.

For example:

[Et si]…predicta Lucia obierit absque heredibus tunc volo et concedo predictum messuagium Fidei
And if the aforesaid Lucy will have died without heirs, then I will and grant the aforesaid messuage to Faith


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