The future continuous tense

The future continuous tense talks about an action that either:

(a) will be in progress in the future and interrupted by a shorter activity (‘I will be waiting for you when you arrive’)

(b) will be in progress at a specific time in the future (‘At 7 p.m. I will be eating dinner)

NOTE: for the second use compare the future continuous with the future simple:

Future continuous

Future simple

At 7 p.m., I will be eating dinner.

At 7 p.m., I will eat dinner.

The speaker started to eat before 7 p.m. and won’t finish until after 7 p.m.

This focuses specifically on when the speaker will start to eat dinner.

The structure of the future continuous is relatively simple: will + be + verb + ing

will

be

[verb]

+ing

He will be work ing late tonight.

NOTE:

The future continuous can also be expressed using ‘be going to be + ing’ instead of ‘will be +ing’ with no difference in meaning.

I will be working at home this afternoon. Correct

I am going to be working at home this afternoon.Correct


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