The future continuous tense. We have already looked at most of the future tenses in English in these lessons:
- The future simple with (be) going to (Level A1)
- The future simple with will (Level A2)
- Using the present continuous for the future (Level A2)
- The present simple to talk about the future (Level A2)
- The 4 differences between going to and will (Level B1)
On this page, we will look at the future continuous tense. This tense talks about an action that either:
- will be in progress in the future and interrupted by a shorter activity (‘I will be waiting for you when you arrive’)
- 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 simple: At 7 p.m., I will call David. (This focuses specifically on when the speaker will start to eat dinner.)
- Future continuous: At 7.05 p.m., I will be talking to David. (The speaker started the call before 7.05 p.m. and won’t finish until after 7.05 p.m.)
The structure of the future continuous is relatively simple: will + be + verb + ing
- At 7 p.m., I will be eating dinner.
- He will be working late tonight.
The question forms and negatives are formed like this:
- Will I be eating dinner at 7pm?
- He won’t be working late tonight.
The future continuous tense 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.
- I am going to be working at home this afternoon.
Remember that like all continuous tenses, the future continuous is not used with stative verbs.