Using the future continuous tense

September 16, 2012pdf

Form

Affirmative

Subject + will + be + ing form of the verb

  • I will be working.
  • She will be playing.

Negative

Subject + will + not + be + ing form of the verb

  • I will not be working.
  • She will not be playing.

Interrogative

Will + subject + be + ing form of the verb

  • Will she be working?
  • Will they be coming?

The future continuous tense is used to talk about future events that will be in progress at a specific time in the future. We often use this structure to make a contrast between a present event and a future event.

  • This time tomorrow I will be lying on the beach.
  • This time tomorrow I will be celebrating my birthday.

This is not just a simple statement about what you will be doing tomorrow. It also shows how exciting a future moment will be compared to the present moment.

But of course, we can use the future continuous tense to talk about not-so-exciting moments too.

  • This time next week I will be taking my exam.
  • This time tomorrow I will be waiting at the doctor’s office.

More examples are given below.

  • She will be giving a presentation at 4 o’clock in the afternoon.

We can also use the future continuous tense to make predictions about the present.

  • Mother will be cooking dinner now. (Here we are talking about something that might be happening at the moment although the structure used is the future continuous.)
  • She will be getting ready for school.
  • Don’t call them now. They will be having dinner.

Common time expressions used with the future continuous:

The future continuous tense is commonly used with the following time expressions: while, when, this time tomorrow, this time next week, in the afternoon, next month, next week, next year etc.

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