FUTURE CONTINUOUS TENSE

Very often, the Future Continuous Tense is used to talk about something happening at a given point in the future. Let us understand this concept with examples which will be followed by a short revision exercise to check your understanding of the concept.

The structure of the future continuous tense is explained below:

subject+Auxiliary verb ‘will’+Auxiliary verb ‘be’+main verb
invariableinvariablePresent participle
willbeBase + ing

In the case of negative sentences in the future continuous tense, ‘not’ is put between ‘will’ and ‘be’.

In the case of question sentences, the subject and ‘will’ are exchanged.

Let us understand this with some examples,

subjectAuxiliary verbAuxiliary verb Main verb
+IwillbeplayingAt 5 pm
+YouwillbeWatching A movie now.
ShewillnotbeVisiting The hospital
WewillnotbeSharing The book.
?WillyoubeWatching The movie?
?WilltheybeattendingThe funeral?

Sometimes, ‘shall’ is used instead of ‘will’, mostly in the cases of I and We.

When the Future Continuous Tense is used while speaking, very often we contract the subject and WILL:

I willI’ll
She willShe’ll
He willHe’ll
They willThey’ll
We willWe’ll

In case of negative sentences, we can contract ‘won’t’, something like this:

I will notI won’t
She will notShe won’t
He will notHe won’t
They will notThey won’t
We will notWe won’t

Usually, the future continuous tense is used to express action at a particular moment in the future. The action will start before that moment but it will not end at that moment.

For example:

  • I will begin my assignment at 4pm and stop it at 6pm.
  • I will be reading a book at 10am tomorrow.
  • We won’t be going to the shop at 8pm tonight.
  • We will have snacks when the show starts.

Remember that continuous tenses are also called ad Progressive tenses, hence, the future continuous tense is sometimes also called the future progressive tense.

REVISION EXERCISE

Complete the exercise on paper or in a book. It may also help for your future reference.

  1. I ______ watching a show tonight. (will be, will have, will has)
  2. We will not be ______ to the party today.  (Take, taken, taking)
  3. You ______ be going to the shop. (won’t not, willn’t, won’t)
  4. Where ______ eating? (will you, will you be, you be)
  5. We’ll be _____ the speech at 9pm. (listen, listening, to listen)

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