Future Continuous Tense

The future continuous tense, sometimes also referred to as the future progressive tense, is a verb tense we use when we want to talk about something that will occur in the future and continue for an expected length of time. It is only used with action verbs. The correct formation of the future continuous uses the construction will + be + the present participle (the root verb + -ing).

The simple future tense is a verb tense that is used when an action is expected to occur in the future and be completed. For example, let’s suppose you have an appointment tomorrow at three o’clock.

“I will arrive at three o’clock.”

I will arrive is the simple future tense of the verb to arrive. You arrive only once; after that, you can’t keep arriving. But once you arrive, you may be doing something that goes on continuously, presumably for a certain length of time.

“At three o’clock, I will be arriving for a meeting.”

Will be arriving is the future continuous tense of the verb to arrive.

The construction will + be + the present participle. Please note the examples;

 

Example

  • Jonathan will be cooking in a contest next week.
  • He will be competing against Gordon Ramsay in the cookoff.
  • I will be watching Jonathan and Gordon compete.

The Future Continuous Tense is for action verbs only. Stative verbs create very strange sounding sentences. Please note the following examples:

Example

  • I will be being worried tomorrow during my doctor’s appointment.
  • I will be worried tomorrow during my doctor’s appointment.
  • When the summer arrives, fall and winter will be seeming like distant memories.
  • When the summer arrives, fall and winter will seem like distant memories.
  • After I investigate, I will be knowing all the facts of the case.
  • After I investigate, I will know all the facts of the case.

Clearly, only the simple future works with stative verbs.

Future Continuous Tense – Positive Sentences

 

Structure:

Who Form of verb
I will + be + verb + ing
He/She/It
You
We
They

Positive Sentences Examples:

  • I will be cleaning the house.
  • He will be cleaning the house.
  • She will be cleaning the house.
  • It will be cleaning the house.
  • You will be cleaning the house.
  • We will be cleaning the house.
  • They will be cleaning the house.

Future Continuous Tense – Negative Sentences

 

Structure:

Who Form of verb
I
will + not + be + verb + ing
or
won’t + be + verb + ing
He/She/It
You
We
They
Negative Sentences Examples:

  • I will not be cleaning the house.
  • I won’t be cleaning the house.
  • He will not be cleaning the house.
  • He won’t be cleaning the house.
  • She will not be cleaning the house.
  • She won’t be cleaning the house.
  • It will not be cleaning the house.
  • It won’t be cleaning the house.
  • You will not be cleaning the house.
  • You won’t be cleaning the house.
  • We will not be cleaning the house.
  • We won’t be cleaning the house.
  • They will not be cleaning the house.
  • They won’t be cleaning the house.

Future Continuous Tense – Question Sentences

 

Structure:

Who Form of verb
Will I be + verb + ing
He/She/It
You
We
They

Question Sentences Examples:

  • Will I be cleaning the house?
  • Will he be cleaning the house?
  • Will she be cleaning the house?
  • Will it be cleaning the house?
  • Will you be cleaning the house?
  • Will we be cleaning the house?
  • Will they be cleaning the house?