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