Future Continuous Tense
What is the future continuous tense with examples? How do you form future continuous? What is the difference between future simple and future continuous?
The Future Continuous Tense
1) We use the future continuous to say that we will be in the middle of doing something at a certain time in the future. We often use it when we compare what we are doing now with that we will be doing in the future. There is nearly always a time expression.
The movie starts at 8.00 and ends at 10.00. At 9.00 I will be watching the movie.
2) The future continuous is formed with will + be + the -ing form of the verb. Questions are formed by inverting the subject and will. Negatives are formed with will not (won’t) + be + the -ing form of the verb. Contracted forms are used in speech and informal writing.
(+) Sarah will be flying home at 5 o’clock tomorrow.
(-) Sarah will not be flying home at 5 o’clock tomorrow./She won’t be flying home at 5 o’clock tomorrow.
(?) Will Sarah be flying home at 5 o’clock tomorrow?/Where will she be flying at 5 o’clock tomorrow?
Some time markers can show that we will be in the middle of doing something at a certain time in the future. These time markers are at 5 o’clock, at that time tomorrow, this evening, in five years’ time etc.
Where will you be living in 3 years’ time?
We also use the future continuous to say that something will definitely happen in the future.
I’ll be going to the shop later. Can I get you anything?
Compare will be doing with the other continuous forms.
Jane has an ordinary 9/5 job.
At 11 o’clock yesterday she was working. (past continuous)
At 11 o’clock today she is working. (present continuous)
At 11 o’clock tomorrow she will be working. (future continuous)
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