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Exercise 1

1. Future continuous

The future continuous is mainly used to refer to actions that will be in progress at some point in the future.
This time tomorrow I'll be spending time with my son.
In the future, we'll be using autonomous cars.

2. Structure of Future continuous

  • Affirmative form
    Subject Auxiliary Be Verb (-ing) Examples
    I will
    'll
    be sleeping I will be sleeping all afternoon.
    You You will be sleeping all afternoon.
    He He will be sleeping all afternoon.
    She She will be sleeping all afternoon.
    It It will be sleeping all afternoon.
    We We will be sleeping all afternoon.
    You You will be sleeping all afternoon.
    They They will be sleeping all afternoon.
  • Negative form
    Subject Auxiliary Be Verb (-ing) Examples
    I will not
    won't
    be sleeping I won't be sleeping all afternoon.
    You You won't be sleeping all afternoon.
    He He won't be sleeping all afternoon.
    She She won't be sleeping all afternoon.
    It It won't be sleeping all afternoon.
    We We won't be sleeping all afternoon.
    You You won't be sleeping all afternoon.
    They They won't be sleeping all afternoon.
  • Interrogative form
    Auxiliary Subject Be Verb (-ing) Examples
    Will I be sleeping? Will I be sleeping all afternoon?
    you Will you be sleeping all afternoon?
    He Will he be sleeping all afternoon?
    She Will she be sleeping all afternoon?
    It Will it be sleeping all afternoon?
    We Will we be sleeping all afternoon?
    You Will you be sleeping all afternoon?
    They Will they be sleeping all afternoon?

Interrogative sentences in future continuous have their own short answers.

Adverb Subject Auxiliary
Yes, I will
you
he
she
it
we
you
they
Adverb Subject Auxiliary
No, I won't
you
he
she
it
we
you
they
- Will you be watching the debate, tonight?
- Yes, I will.

3. How do we use the future continuous?

The future continuous is used for:

  • An action that will be taking place at a specific time in the future. The action will have begun before that specific moment and will continue after it.
    At 6:00, he'll be giving a lecture on motivation.
    This afternoon I won't be working in the garden.
  • Predictions or assumptions about events in the present or future.
    In 20 years' time, I'll be flying through space.
    Paul probably won't be studying now.
  • Unfinished actions that will continue in the future. The action is already taking place in the present moment.
    I'll be ironing all morning.
    He'll be reading for a good while.
  • In interrogative sentences, to ask for information about the future politely.
    Will Mike be having lunch with us?
    Which optional subjects will you be taking?

Remember!

The future continuous is mainly used to express actions that will be happening at a particular time in the future, for predictions about the future and to ask for information about the future in a polite way.
Form Structure Examples
AFFIRMATIVE Subject + will + be + verb (-ing) She will probably be having a shower.
NEGATIVE Subject + won't + be + verb (-ing) You won't be sitting here all day, will you?
INTERROGATIVE Will + subject + be + verb (e-ing) Will you be using the laptop today?

 

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