Unit 2.1

Future Continuous

Tenses - 3 minutes

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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, the company will not be offering services to more clients.
    • 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.
    •  He will not be cleaning the escalator when the customer arrives.
    • Will she be working at the exhibition when the party starts?
  3. Future simultaneous events
    • will be cooking an original Mexican recipe whilst you will be driving back home from work.
    • She will not be searching for something pretty to wear, while he will be showering.
    • Will she be shopping groceries,while he will be waiting for her at the parking?
  4. Assuming what will be happening in the future
    • You will be missing this family once you stop working as a babysitter.
    • I think they will not be looking for work from next month.
    • Will I be having the interview this week?

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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