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What is the future will continuous tense?
Like all continuous tenses, the future will continuous (also called the future progressive in American English) is used to express the idea of an action in progress.
The future will continuous has four distinct uses.
What is the first use of future will continuous?
Future will continuous is used to describe a predicted interruption to a future action.
I am sure I will be eating dinner when you call.
John – “What will you be doing when I am in work tomorrow?”
Mary – “I will be skiing in Italy”
When we use future will continuous to express an interrupted future action we have to use two actions and we must use two different tenses, future will continuous and the present simple.
Future will continuous is used to express the main action, the action that will be in progress, and the present simple is used to express the short action that will interrupt the main action.
I will be eating – The main action, the action in progress – expressed in future will continuous.
When you call – The short action, the interrupting action – expressed in present simple.
The main action is always the first action in chronological order and the interrupting action is always second action in chronological order.
When we use future will continuous to express an interrupted action we can change the word order without changing the chronological order.
I will be eating dinner when you call. – The first action in chronological order is, eating dinner and the second action in chronological order is, your call.
When you call I will be eating dinner. – The first action in chronological order is, eating dinner and the second action in chronological order is, your call.
Why change the word order?
We might change the word order to highlight the second action because the speaker might think the second action is more important.
When do I use when, and when do I use while in future will continuous?
If the verb is in the present simple, use when – When you call.
If the verb is in future will continuous, use while – While I was eating dinner.
What is the second use of future will continuous?
Future will continuous is used to describe a future action in progress at a specific time.
At 9 AM tomorrow morning I will be driving to work.
We will be watching the Eurovision at 10 PM on Saturday.
Like the first use of the present continuous, this use also has the idea of an interruption in the action.
The action – driving to work or watching the Eurovision – will already be happening at the time we are talking about.
What is the third use of future will continuous?
Future will continuous is used to describe when two or more actions will happen at the same time.
Tonight I will be making dinner and John will be studding.
When we go to the meeting, she will be talking and you will be listening.
The actions must be happening at the same time
What is the fourth use of future will continuous?
Future will continuous is used to make word pictures.
We can use this use to imagine a future.
In the future, robots will control the world, people will be living underground, and fighting machines, the sun won’t be shining and it will be raining all the time.
When we use future will continuous to describe word pictures, the speaker and listener can see the actions happening in their minds.
Future will continuous is used to:
- Express an interrupted future action.
- Express a future action in progress at a specific time.
- Express when two (or more) future actions happened at the same time.
- To create word pictures.
How do I construct future will continuous?
Future will continuous is very easy to construct.
Subject + will + be + verb+ing + the object of the sentence.
Mary will be walking home at 9 PM tonight.
Subject + won’t (will not) + be + verb+ing + the object of the sentence.
You won’t be watching the movie tonight.
Will + subject + be + verb+ing + object of the question.
Will you be watching TV tonight?
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Written by: Dave English – firstname.lastname@example.org
Created: December 2016
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