Learn how and when to use the Future Continuous Tense in English with examples and rules.
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Forming the Future Continuous Tense
The Future Continuous tense (or the Future Progressive tense) is a verb tense that indicates that something will occur in the future and continue for an expected length of time.
It is formed using the construction will + be + V-ing (present participle).
S + will + be + V-ing (present participle)
I will be singing in the concert tomorrow.
S + will + not + be + V-ing (present participle)
I will not be singing in the concert tomorrow.
Will + S + be + V-ing? (present participle)
Will you be singing in the concert tomorrow?
How to Use the Future Continuous Tense
The Future Continuous Tense is used:
- To describe interrupted actions in the future
When you come tomorrow, they will be playing tennis.
- To express actions in progress at a specific time in the future
At 12 o’clock tomorrow, we will be having lunch at school.
- To refer to actions that are happening now and expected to continue some time in the future
Note: combined with “still”
Unfortunately, sea levels will still be rising in 20 years.
- To ask question politely about the future
Will you be bringing your friend to the party tonight?
- To emphasis of future plans and intentions
He‘ll be coming to visit us next week.
- To describe atmosphere in the future
When I arrive at the party everybody will be celebrating, some will be dancing, other will be talking.
- To express parallel actions or series of parallel actions in the future
She will be watching TV, and he will be cooking dinner.
Time Expressions with The Future Continuous
- In the future
- Next week
- Next time
- Next year
- At this moment next year
- At this time tomorrow
- At 5 p.m tomorrow…