Future Continuous Tense


Future Continuous Tense

I will be singing

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
invariableinvariablepresent participle
willbebase + 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:
subjectauxiliary verbauxiliary verbmain verb
+Iwillbeworkingat 10am.
+Youwillbelyingon a beach tomorrow.
-Shewillnotbeusingthe car.
-Wewillnotbehavingdinner at home.
?Willyoubeplayingfootball?
?WilltheybewatchingTV?
When we use the future continuous tense in speaking, we often contract the subject and will:
I willI'll
you willyou'll
he will
she will
it will
he'll
she'll
it'll
we willwe'll
they willthey'll
For spoken negative sentences in the future continuous tense, we contract with won't, like this:
I will notI won't
you will notyou won't
he will not
she will not
it will not
he won't
she won't
it won't
we will notwe won't
they will notthey won't
 
We sometimes use shall instead of will, especially for I and we.

How do we use the Future Continuous Tense?

The future continuous tense expresses action at a particular moment in the future. The action will start 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.
pastpresentfuture

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:
  • I 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.
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