Lesson

The Future Continuous Tense

Formation:

The future continuous tense comprises two parts:

  • The simple future of the verb “to be”
  • The present participle (base+ing)

Uses:

  • The future continuous tense refers to an unfinished action or event that will be in progress at a time in the future.
  • It has a number of different uses.
  1. Projecting ourselves into the future.
    1. This time next week I’ll be holidaying in Australia.
    2. By November, he’ll be skiing in the Alps.
    3. Just think, next Monday, you’ll be starting your new job.
  1. Predicting or guessing about future events.
    1. He’ll be joining you in the meeting.
    2. I guess, you’ll be feeling thirsty after you finish your run.
    3. She’ll be missing the great Australian weather when back in Germany.
  1. In the interrogative form (question) it can be used to ask politely for information about the future.
    1. Will your friends be joining us tonight?
    2. Will Pete be going with you?
    3. Will she be coming to the party tonight?
    4. Will I be staying in this room?
  1. Refer to continuous events that we expect to happen in the future.
    1. I’ll be catching up with James next week.
    2. When he’s in Australia, he’ll be spending time with friends.
    3. They’ll be dining with Jane this evening at the restaurant.
  1. When combined with still, it refers to events that are already happening now and that we expect to continue some time into the future.
    1. In an hour, I’ll still be washing my clothes.
    2. Tomorrow, he’ll still be out surfing at lunch-time.
    3. Next year, will she still be wearing these shoes?
    4. Unfortunately, house prices will still be increasing in 20 years.