Unit 2.1

Future Continuous

Tenses


Introduction

The future is the tense used to talk about future events.
{See Future Simple Affirmative, Present Continuous for Future , Be going to, A2 Level}

The future continuous tense is used to talk about actions that will be in progress in the future.

Form

 The future continuous (or progressive) has three forms:

Affirmative

Its structure, in the affirmative form, is:
Subject + will + be + [verb + -ing] + …

  • Affirmative short forms are: I’ll you’ll he’ll
SUBJECTFUTURE SIMPLEAUXILIARY VERB
PRESENT PARTICIPLE
I/You/He/She/It/We/You/Theywill beworking

Negative

Its structure, in the negative form, is:
Subject + will + not + be + [verb + -ing] + …

  • Negative short forms are: I won’t you won’t he won’t
SUBJECTFUTURE SIMPLE + NOT
AUXILIARY VERBPRESENT PARTICIPLE
I/You/He/She/It/We/You/Theywill notbeworking

Interrogative

Its structure, in the interrogative form is:
Will + subject + be + [verb + -ing] + …?

FUTURE SIMPLESUBJECTAUXILIARY VERBPRESENT PARTICIPLEQUESTION MARK
WillI/You/He/She/It/We/You/Theybeworking?

Example

  1. Unfinished actions or events that will be taking place in the future
    • You will be using the new software next month.
    • Next Monday, he will be working at his new office.
    • They will be growing tomatoes next year.
    • They won’t be growing tomatoes next year.
    • Will they be growing tomatoes next year?
  2. Referring to a longer background action which is interrupted by a shorter one
    • I will be wearing my red miniskirt when you arrive at the station.
    • Tonight she will be driving to London.
    •  At 2 pm we will be having lunch.
    • Tonight she won’t be driving to London.
    • Will she be driving to London tonight?
  3. Future simultaneous events
    • will be cooking dinner whilst you drive back home from work.
    • She will be taking an exam tomorrow morning.
    • We will be dancing, drinking, talking and having fun at the party tonight!
    • We won’t be dancing, drinking, talking and having fun at the party tonight!
    • Will we be dancing, drinking, talking and having fun at the party tonight?
  4. Assuming what will be happening in the future
    • Tomorrow you will be having lunch at this time.
    • It’s late, he will be sleeping.
    • Don’t call them now, they will be watching TV.
    • It’s early, he won’t be sleeping.
    • It’s late, will he not be sleeping?

Use

We use the future continuous to:

  1. Talk about an unfinished action or event that will be taking place in the future;
  2. Talk about longer background action interrupted by a shorter one;
  3. Talk about future simultaneous events;
  4. Assume what will be happening in the future.

Summary

The future continuous tense is used when we are talking about unfinished actions that will take place in the future, a longer background action interrupted by a shorter one, future simultaneous events, and when we are assuming what is happening in the future.

We can use it in its different forms:

  • Affirmative: We start with the subject followed by will be and a verb that ends with -ing;
  • Negative: We start with the subject followed by will not and be and a verb that ends with -ing;
  • Interrogative: We start with will followed by the subject and be and a verb that ends with -ing (the sentence ends with a question mark).

For example:
— “I will be working on an important project next month.” = We use the future continuous because we assume that this event will take place in the Future. Therefore, we use the future continuous tense.
♦ “I will work on an important project next week.” = We use the future simple because we express a future intention.

Let’s revise this content within the {Form} section. Take a look at the {Example} section that shows its use within a context.

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