Future Continuous Tense

Using Future Continuous Tense, Definitions and Examples. Follow the list for detailed expressions;

The tenses simply show the time of an action.

FUTURE CONTINUOUS TENSE

Future Continuous Tense indicate an action which will be in progress at some definite time in the future.

POSITIVE FORM (+) :  Subject + WILL + BE + Verb-ING

NEGATIVE FORM (-) : Subject + WILL + NOT + BE + Verb-ING

QUESTION FORM (?) : WILL + Subject + BE + Verb-ING

NEGATIVE QUESTION FORM (?) : WILL + NOT + Subject + BE + Verb-ING

POSITIVE(+) | NEGATIVE(-)  | POSITIVE QUESTION (?) |NEGATIVE QUESTION (?)




POSITIVE(+) NEGATIVE(-) POSITIVE QUESTION (?) NEGATIVE QUESTIONS (?)
I will be learning I will not ( won’t ) be learning Will I be learning Will not / Won’t I be coming
You will be learning You will not ( won’t ) be learning Will you be learning Will not / Won’t you be coming
He will be learning He will not ( won’t ) be learning Will he be learning Will not / Won’t he be coming
She will be learning She will not ( won’t ) be learning Will she be learning Will not / Won’t she be coming
It will be learning It will not ( won’t ) be learning Will it be learning Will not / Won’t it be coming
We will be learning We will not ( won’t ) be learning Will we be learning Will not / Won’t we be coming
You will be learning You will not ( won’t ) be learning Will you be learning Will not / Won’t you be coming
They will be learning They will not ( won’t ) be learning Will they be learning Will not / Won’t they be coming




CONTRACTIONS:

For “WILL”;

will –> ‘ll    Ex: I‘ll be learning.

will not –> won’t   Ex: I won’t be learning.

Common Tense Markers:

This time  tomorrow, next week, month, year, summer, etc.

Examples:

  • When you arrive, Anna will be sitting in the park.
  • Will you be loving me?
  • I will be waiting for you.
  • Will it be raining at this time tomorrow?
  • Robert will be visiting his friends this time next week.
  • She will not ( won’t )  be watching TV.
  • This time tomorrow, we will be working on our project.
  • They will ( They‘ll ) be writing letter to each other.
  • A: Do you want me to come to you at about 9 o’clock? – B: No, don’t come. I will be going to school.
  • Will you be driving to Paris this time next month?
  • We won’t  be staying at home when you call us.
  • Helen will be doing her homework at 7 o’clock.
  • Won’t he be working on Friday?
  • I will be missing you.

Note:

We use other question words ( Like Who, What, Why , etc.) in future continuous tense.

Question Words (who, what, why, etc.) + will+ subject +  be + Ving

Examples:

  • What will you be doing next week?
  • Why will we be listening to that music at this time tomorrow?
  • When will I be meeting you again?
  • How will she be enduring this situation?

USING OF FUTURE CONTINUOUS TENSE:

1. Future  Continuous Tense is used for interrupted actions in the future.

( In such sentenses, it is not emphasized how long the action has continued. On the other hand, it is emphasized that the action will continue.)

Examples:

  • When their daughter arrive in London, they will be waiting for her.
  • When you get home, I will be watching this movie.
  • He will be flying to America while his child are sleeping.
  • We will be working in the office if they need to contact us?
  • She will be attending the meeting when they call her.

2. It is used for sprecific time as an interruption in the future.

( Specific time interrupts the action )

Examples:

  • They will be playing tennis at 5 o’clock.
  • We will be having breakfast tomorrow morning at 9 o’clock.
  • I will be talking with him this time tomorrow.
  • She will be teaching her students these subjects at 11 o’clock.
  • It will be snowing at midnight tonight.

3. It is used for parallel actions or a series of parallel actions ( sometimes to describe the atmosphere )

Examples:

  • While you are cleaning your room, I will be going shopping.
  • He will be discussing the issue while we are watching TV.
  • This time next week, they will be dancing, chatting together, and having fun.
  • Marry will be waiting for him while he is arriving at the airport.
  • While John is trying to pick his child up, he will be running away.

4. Future Continuous Tense is used with “still” for the actions, which are already happening now and expected to continue some time in the future.

Examples:

  • We will still be dealing with this task in an hour.
  • In 50 years, many animal species will still be disappearing.
  • They will still be talking about their boy friends the whole day.
  • I will still be dancing with you.
  • She will still be laughing for more than a few minutes.

5. It is used to ask question politely about the future.

Examples:

  • Will you be leaving Mexico tonight?
  • Will they be staying at the hotel during their vacation?
  • Will I be using the machine all day tomorrow?
  • Will he be playing basketball this time next week?
  • Will David be doing homework during the weekend?

6. It is used while expressing the intentions for the future.

Examples:

  • I will be helping my mother during the weekend.
  • After the meal, we will be drinking a coffee.
  • We will be having dinner with you in the evening.
  • I will be going swimming after school.
  • I’ll be talking to him about this matter in the evening.

 

Differences Between Simple Future Tense and Future Continuous Tense

Actually, both tenses show that the action will happen in the future. And the sentences made with them have approximately the same meaning. However, there is a slight difference.

If we simply want to state that the action will happen in the future, we use simple future tense.

But, if we want to emphasize that the action will be in progress at some time, we use future continuous tense.

Examples:

  • I will stay at the hotel tonight. ( we just want to state what we will do )
  • I will be staying at the hotel tonight. ( we want to emphasize the continuation of the action )

 

Attention:

1. Time clause can not be used with future tenses.

Time Clauses have two clauses which are main clause and time clause. “will ( future tenses )” can not be used in time clause which is the clause beginning with time words ( when, after, before, until, once, while, as soon as, by the time, till ).

Example:

  • Susan will  be going to the school while you are sleeping. ( not while you will be sleeping)

2. Non-continuous verbs can not be used in any continuous tenses.

Example:

  • I will be hearing some loud sounds. ( wrong – hear is non continuous verb)

 

One thought on “Future Continuous Tense

  • May 6, 2017 at 1:00 am
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    Thank you for sharing! Well built and well presented piece of work! Let me suggest that in some cases using “when” (almost interchangeable with “if”) they are next to, or overlapped with some conditional forms (First conditional). I.e. “When/If you arrive, Anna will be sitting in the park.”

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