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The future continuous (Progressive)

zizoutamlazizoutamla Posts: 20 Inactive
edited July 2017 in English Lessons
The future continuous (Progressive)

The future continuous is formed as follows:

Subject + will + be + verb + ing

Example: I will be waiting for you at 10.00

As for the negative and interrogative, the future continuous takes the following formation:
Future continuous forms:

Positive: subject + will + be + verb +ing

Negative: subject + won’t (will not) + be + verb + ing

Interrogative: will (but shall is often used) + subject+ be + verb + ing?

Future continuous examples:

Positive: I will be helping him, tomorrow

Negative: Peter won’t be driving to London.

Interrogative: shall we be working on Thursday?

The use of the future continuous:

§ The future continuous is often used to refer to an event which will happen at a point in time in the future:
Tomorrow at 7:00 a.m. I will be exercising at the gym

§ It is also used to refer to an action which will happen without an intention. In other words, when something will happen without any pre-arrangements, but at the normal course of events.

We will be meeting there (we haven’t arranged our meeting)

§ Therefore, the future continuous and the present continuous are different when used to refer to the future:

The future continuous, as we have mentioned is not an intended action, unlike the present continuous which is always an arranged action, compare the following examples:

I am seeing Peter tomorrow (we agreed beforehand to meet)
I will be seeing Peter tomorrow (maybe we work together, so we see each other regularly and without any arrangement)

Note: it is important to know that in English, we don’t always differentiate between the future continuous and the present continuous when used in the future, look at these examples:

I will be taking an exam, tomorrow morning
I’m taking an exam, tomorrow morning
Both are correct sentences.

source =http://www.englishpagee.com/the-future-continuous-progressive/
Post edited by zizoutamla on


  • sarahsarah Posts: 16 ✭✭
    8th sentence:
    Negative: subject + won’t (will not) + verb + ing,
    instead: Negative: subject + won’t (will not) + be + verb + ing
  • zizoutamlazizoutamla Posts: 20 Inactive
    @sarah thank you for your correction! It was not intended
  • manuelctmanuelct Posts: 6
    This was a good post. I will be studying those examples.
  • CorneliaCornelia Posts: 7
    Concerning Manuelct's comment, do you think the right way would be "I'm going to study..." instead of "I will be studying..."? Otherwise we should say "I will be studying those examples when August ends". It's just a question, I'm not a native speaker!
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,878 mod
    In this context, "I am going to study...", would be better, but we understood what @manuelct said, so it's all good. :smile:

    "I will study ...", also works - as a promise to do it in the future.

  • CorneliaCornelia Posts: 7
    Oh yes yes, just to learn something more!
  • nishantnishant Posts: 10 ✭✭
    There is my question that it I used sometimes future continuous instead of present continuous and vic,then it's matter or not.and also give me some other use of it as example plz.
  • ampicilinaampicilina Posts: 3
    I will be trying to feel more happy in this sad day :( hoping that the future will finally give me a reason to smile.
  • medmansmedmans Posts: 28 ✭✭
    edited September 2017
    now, i'm knowing the difference between this two tenses.


    Now, I understand the difference between these two tenses. Thanks.
    Post edited by Teach on
  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,878 mod
    @Nishant - The future continuous doesn't really exist. It is the present continuous with a future date stuck on.

    I am working. (Implies now.)
    I am working all next week. (In the future.)

    Now, imagine answering this question:-

    Q. What are you doing next weekend?
    A. I'm working.

  • Mohamed8Mohamed8 Posts: 1
    great explanation but "Don't we need to know about the present perfect continuous?"
  • ArifaArifa Posts: 30 ✭✭
    I will be learning English from Learn English Forum until I feel comfortable using English.
  • houselighthouselight Posts: 3
    Am new on this site...could anyone explain to me on how to improve my english skills.
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