Future Continuous
form, uses, timeline

Future Continuous form, uses, timeline​

The Future Continuous is used to express that an action will be on-going at a particular time in the future. We’ll explore the Future Continuous form, uses, timeline, with examples below. 

It is also known as the Future Progressive tense.

TO FORM THE FUTURE CONTINUOUS

The Future Continuous is formed using:
– modal auxiliary ‘will’
– auxiliary verb ‘be’ (verb base) 
– main verb in the Present Participle (verb +ing)

Future Continuous Tense

affirmative: subject + will + be + main verb
negative: subject + will + not + be + main verb
question: will + subject + be + main verb
negative question: will + subject + not + be + main verb

Forms in the Future Continuous of the verb to wash 

affirmative

I will be washing
you will be washing
he/she/it will be washing
we will be washing
you will be washing
they will be washing

negative

I will not be washing
you will not be washing
he/she/it will not be washing
we will not be washing
you will not be washing
they will not be washing

questions

will I be washing?
will you be washing?
will he/she/it be washing?
will we be washing?
will you be washing?
will they be washing?

negative questions

will I not be washing?
will you not be washing?
will he/she/it not be washing?
will we not be washing?
will you not be washing?
will they not be washing?

FUTURE CONTINUOUS USES

to express an action going on in the future at a time when it won’t have finished
I will be eating dinner at 6 p.m.

with ‘until’ to express an action that will continue over a period of time from now
They will be studying until 5 p.m.  

with ‘when’ to express an action going on in the future when another action occurs
She will be waiting for him at the train station when he arrives.

to talk about planned events in the future
We will be meeting with the suppliers tomorrow.

to express predictions on future trends
We’ll all be having holidays on Mars in 50 years.

Contracted auxiliary verbs

Auxiliary verbs are often contracted, especially in spoken and informal written language

Future Continuous form, uses, timeline

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