Future Continuous Tense | Rules and Examples

Learn how and when to use the Future Continuous Tense in English with examples and rules.

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).

Positive Sentence:

S + will + be + V-ing (present participle)

Example:

I will be singing in the concert tomorrow.

Negative Sentence:

S + will + not + be + V-ing (present participle)

Example:

I will not be singing in the concert tomorrow.

Question Form:

Will + S + be + V-ing? (present participle)

Example:

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

Example:

When you come tomorrow, they will be playing tennis.

  • To express actions in progress at a specific time in the future

Example:

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”

Example:

Unfortunately, sea levels will still be rising in 20 years.

  • To ask a question politely about the future

Example:

Will you be bringing your friend to the party tonight?

  • To emphasize  future plans and intentions

Example:

He‘ll be coming to visit us next week.

  • To describe atmosphere in the future

Example:

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

Example:

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…

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The Future Continuous Tense

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