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Future Continuous Tense

Future Continuous Tense

The future continuous tense is used to indicate actions that will be in progress at a time in the future. The Future Continuous is constructed as will be + -ing form of the verb.

Examples:

I suppose it will be raining when we start.

This time tomorrow, I will be visiting the zoo in Singapore.

Uses

  • We can use the Future Continuous to show that a long, continuous action in the future, which will be interrupted by a shorter action in the future.
    Examples:
    I'll be making lunch when she arrives.
    She'll be studying when her parents come home.
  • The future continuous tense is used to talk about actions in the future that are already planned or which are expected to happen in the normal course of things.
    Examples:
    I will be staying here until Sunday.
    He will be meeting us next week.
    The postman will be coming soon.
  • The Future Continuous is also used to indicate an activity that is in progress now, and is certain to continue for a period in the future.
    Examples:
    They'll be playing chess until 5 o'clock.
    She'll be playing video games until she gets scolded by her mother.
    Susan will be waiting for the train 10 more minutes.
  • We can also use the future continuous tense to make polite enquiries, when we wish to know what somebody's plans are:
    Examples:
    Will you be coming with me to the cinema tonight?
    Will you be going to the conference in January 2017?

Worksheet

  • This time tomorrow, I ................... at home. (relax)
  • ........... you ................... to the birthday party? (come)
  • She ................... us next week. (meet)
  • We ................... Television until 5 p.m. (watch)
  • When you come in the evening, we ................... badminton. (play)
  • I think it ................... when we come back. (rain)
  • I ................... next year. (not work)
  • John and Sam ................... the conference. (not attend)
  • In three years’ time, you ................... this machine easily. (use)
  • Ten years from now, you ................... at the university. (study)

Answers

  • This time tomorrow, I will be relaxing at home.
  • Will you be coming to the birthday party?
  • She will be meeting us next week.
  • We will be watching television until 5 p.m.
  • When you come in the evening, we will be playing badminton.
  • I think it will be raining when we come back.
  • I shall not be working next year.
  • John and Sam will not be attending the conference.
  • In three years’ time, you will be using this machine easily.
  • Ten years from now, you will be studying at the university.

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