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How to Use the Future Continuous Verb Tense for English

Updated: Jan 10, 2022


The Future Continuous Tense is used to represent something that will occur in the future and continue for an expected length of time. The future continuous tense is formed using the will + be + the present participle (the root verb + -ing).

To put it simply, the future continuous refers to an unfinished action or event that will be in progress at a time later than now.

e.g.: I will be reading


The various grammar rules for making the future continuous tense are discussed below-

  1. It is used with words next, tomorrow, where at this time is given

e.g.:

  • I will be going on holiday at this time on Sunday.


  1. It is used to describe the parallel actions

e.g.:

  • We will be going there, talking, and planning our next move.


  1. It is used to make future guesses

e.g.:

  • I will be visiting my mother in India next year.


  1. It is used to describe the Interrupted future actions

e.g.:

  • He will be studying, when I visit her tonight.




Sentence patterns for the tense

Subject simple future of the verb 'to be' present participle

e.g.: I will be studying

Affirmative sentences

Subject simple future of the verb 'to be' present participle

Subject + will + be + ing form of the verb

e.g.: I will be staying.


Negative Sentences

Subject simple future of the verb 'to be' present participle

Subject + will + not + be + ing form of the verb

e.g.: He won't be staying.


Interrogative Sentences

Simple future of the verb 'to be' Subject present participle

Will + subject + be + ing form of the verb

e.g.: Will you be staying?


The future continuous is used for quite a few different purposes as discussed below-

a) It is used to project ourselves into the future

e.g.:

  • By next year, I will be painting like a champion

b) It is used for predicting or guessing about future events

e.g.:


  • She'll be coming to watch a movie, I expect.

c) The future continuous can be used to refer to continuous events that we expect to happen in the future

e.g.:

  • I'll be meeting Cassie at the party next month


  1. It is used to ask politely for information about the future

e.g.:

  • Will you be bringing your mother to the school tonight?


  1. It is used to refer to the events that we expect to continue some time into the future

e.g.:

  • In an hour I'll still be at the traffic signal











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