Future Continuous Form and Usage

Forming the Future Continuous Tense

The future continuous is made up of two parts:

  1. The simple future form of the verb ‘to be’
  2. The present participle (verb + ing)

Positive

Noun + will + be + verb-ing

 

Noun

Simple future of ‘to be’

(Long Form)

(Short Form)

Present participle

I

you

she

he

it

we

they

will be

‘ll be

sleeping

studying

dancing

drawing

amazing

standing

playing

Negative

Note: The short form of simple future (negative) ‘will not be’ becomes a new word: won’t.

Noun + will + not + be + verb-ing

 

Noun Simple future of ‘to be’

(Long Form)

(Short Form) Present participle
I

you

she

he

it

we

they

will not be

won’t be

going

practicing

driving

travelling

snowing

staying

dining

Questions

The simple future ‘will’ moves to the position before the noun:

 

Simple future of ‘to be’

Noun

 Be

Present participle

Will (positive)

 

Won’t (negative)

I

you

she

he

it

we

they

be

staying?

 

Usage:

We use the future continuous tense when we want to talk about something happening in the future:

  •  I will be studying this weekend.
  • Manchester United will be playing football against Real Madrid next week.
  • We will be standing under the marquee at 7 o’clock sharp.
  • We will not be attending the reception tomorrow.

We can also use it to project ourselves into the future:

  • By this time next year I will be working for Microsoft.
  • You will likely be feeling hungry after your fast.
  • Once you’re back in Australia you’ll be missing the cold weather.

The future continuous can also be used as a polite way to ask for information about the future:

  • Will you be bringing your fiancée to the party?
  • Will we be competing against each other in the match?
  • Will you be dining alone tonight?
  • Won’t you be staying for the weekend?
  • Won’t we be gardening in such nice weather?
  • Won’t they be playing with the back-up band?
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