Future Continuous Tense

Future Continuous Tense

Future Continuous Tense in English Grammar:

The Future Continuous is also known as Future Progressive Tense.  It talks about an action going on and will be in progress at a specific time in the future.

Future Continuous Tense Structure and Formula: (Rules)

Future Continuous Tense

 

Signal Words:

Here, we use the following time expressions as signal words.

at 4 o’clock tomorrow, this time next week etc.,

Usage of the Future Continuous Tense in English Grammar:

 It is used:

 

To represent an action going on at some point of time in the future.

 Examples:

  • What will you be doing this time tomorrow?
  • This time tomorrow I shall be playing chess.
  • We shall be waiting for you at 9 a.m. tomorrow.
  • When I go home my children will be reading. 

 

To express future events as part of routine activities but are not planned or intentional.

 Examples:

  • My brother will be meeting me next week.
  • We shall be going to the movies next Sunday.
  • I shall be attending the classes tomorrow.

Future Continuous Vs. Present Continuous

 

We use both the Present Continuous and Future Continuous Tenses for future events. But they have a different meaning to convey. 

Present Continuous: It is used for arranged and planned future events.

Future Continuous: It is for a routine activity, not arranged or planned.

Observe the following examples of sentences.

  • We are visiting our friend next month in Chennai. (Here everything is planned)
  • The chairman will be visiting our school tomorrow. (It is not a planned or arranged visit. It is a casual or routine visit)

Introduction to the Tenses

The Present Simple

Present Continuous

Present Perfect

The Present Perfect Continuous

The Past Simple

Past Continuous  

The Past Perfect  

Past Perfect Continuous 

The Future Simple

Future Continuous  

The Future Perfect  

Future Perfect Continuous