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FUTURE CONTINUOUS TENSE ~ TENSE

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Future Continuous

The Future Continuous tense is often used in English as a way to talk about something happening at a given point in the future.

How do we make the Future Continuous tense?

The structure of the Future Continuous tense is:

subject + auxiliary verb WILL + auxiliary verb BE + main verb
invariable invariable present participle
will be base + ing

For negative sentences in the Future Continuous tense, we insert not between will and be. For question sentences, we exchange the subject and will.

Look at these example sentences with the Future Continuous tense:

subject auxiliary verb auxiliary verb main verb
+ I will be working at 10am.
+ You will be lying on a beach tomorrow.
She will not be using the car.
We will not be having dinner at home.
? Will you be playing football?
? Will they be watching TV?
We sometimes use shall instead of will, especially for I and we.

Contraction with Future Continuous

When we use the Future Continuous tense in speaking, we often contract the subject and WILL:

I will I’ll
you will you’ll
he will
she will
it will
he’ll
she’ll
it’ll
we will we’ll
they will they’ll

In negative sentences, we may contract with won’t, like this:

I will not I won’t
you will not you won’t
he will not
she will not
it will not
he won’t
she won’t
it won’t
we will not we won’t
they will not they won’t

How do we use the Future Continuous tense?

The Future Continuous tense expresses action at a particular moment in the future. The action will have started before that moment but it will not have finished at that moment. For example, tomorrow I will start work at 2pm and stop work at 6pm:

At 4pm tomorrow, I will be working.
past present future
4pm
At 4pm, I will be in the middle of working.

When we use the Future Continuous tense, our listener usually knows or understands what time we are talking about. Look at these examples:

  • will be playing tennis at 10am tomorrow.
  • They won’t be watching TV at 9pm tonight.
  • What will you be doing at 10pm tonight?
  • What will you be doing when I arrive?
  • She will not be sleeping when you telephone her.
  • We‘ll be having dinner when the film starts.
  • Take your umbrella. It will be raining when you return.

Future Continuous Quiz

You can do this grammar quiz. It tests what you learned on the Future Continuous page.

1. I ________ during rush hour.

 will be driving
 will have drive
 will be drive

2. He will not be _____ the bus today.

 take
 taken
 taking

3. They ________ the cottage that weekend.

 using
 ‘ll be using
 ‘re be using

4. Nigel _____ be coming to the picnic.

 won’t
 won’t not
 willn’t

5. Where ________ sleeping?

 you be
 will you
 will you be

6. We’ll be ________ the news at 10pm.

 watch
 watching
 to watch

7. I’ll try my best to spot you. What ________ wearing?

 will you
 will
 will you be

8. Don’t forget your snowpants. It ________ by the time you get to school.

 will snowing
 is snowing
 will be snowing

9. At noon tomorrow, I ________ on a beach somewhere.

 ‘ll be relaxing
 relax
 will being relax

10. Sorry, I can’t. I ________ my daughter to work at that time.

 will be taking
 ‘ll take
 won’t be take

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