The Future Continuous Tense
1. What is the future continuous tense?
The future continuous tense is used to say what will be happening at a future time.
2. How to make the future continuous tense
There are two ways to make the future continuous tense:
- will be …ing (+ future time)
- be going to be …ing (+ future tense)
*Note: the future time can be at the start or at the end of a sentence. It can also be dropped if everyone knows what time is being talked about.
3. Will be …ing
Future continuous events can be described using:
- x + will be …ing (+ future time)
|Verb||will be …ing||Future time||Example sentence|
|eat||will be eating breakfast||at 6am tomorrow||I will be eating my breakfast at 6am tomorrow.|
|sleep||will be sleeping||when you get home||She will be sleeping when you get home.|
|have||will be having dinner||early tonight||We will be having dinner early tonight, so come home quickly.|
4. Be going to be …ing
Future continuous events can also be described using:
- x + be going to be …ing (+ future time)
|Verb||is going to be …ing||Future time||Example sentence|
|cook||am going to be cooking lunch||during the game||I am going to be cooking lunch during the game.|
|have||is going to be having a meeting||when I arrive||Tracy is going to be having a meeting when I arrive.|
|rain||is going to be raining||during the game||It is probably going to be raining during the game, so bring a jacket.|
5. Using the future continuous to stress an action
The future continuous tense can also be used to stress an action in the future. This is because ‘…ing’ stresses the verb more than the simple future.
|Future tense||Meaning||Future continuous tense||Meaning|
|I will go to Spain tomorrow.||General statement of truth||I will be going to Spain tomorrow.||Stress on the extraordinariness of action|
|He will talk to Marcus this afternoon.||General statement of truth||He will be talking to Marcus this afternoon.||Stress on the importance of the action|
|The band will play the Super Bowl.||General statement of truth||The band will be playing the Super Bowl.||Stress on the extraordinariness of the action|
6. Making questions
A common use for the future continuous tense is to ask questions about what a person will be doing in the future.
Future continuous questions are made by:
- will + subject + be …ing (+ future time)
- be + subject + going to be …ing (+ future time)
A question word (what, why, who, when, etc.) can be added to the front of the structure.
|Question word||Will||Subject||Be …ing||Future time||Example question|
|what||will||you||be doing||this weekend||What will you be doing this weekend?|
|where||will||Misha||be going||for her birthday||Where will Misha be going for her birthday?|
|when||will||you||be meeting||–||When will you be meeting Dave?|
|question word||be||subject||going to be …ing||future time||full question|
|why||is||Wilson||going to be playing||tomorrow||Why is Wilson going to be playing tomorrow?|
|how||are||you||going to be travelling to Rio||–||How are you going to be travelling to Rio?|
|which bus||are||you||going to be taking to the cinema||on Monday night||Which bus are you going to be taking to the cinema on Monday night?|