Future Continuous Tense in English Grammar
The future continuous tense is used by native English speakers quite often and this is your chance to learn and understand this tense and to start to use it.
The future continuous tense (also called future progressive) is often used in English as a way to talk about an action or event happening at a given point in the future. It indicates that something will occur in the future and continue for an expected length of time.
Future Continuous: Structure
We form the future continuous with the modal verb 'will', the auxiliary verb 'be' and the present participle of the main verb. For the auxiliary verb 'be' we use its present forms am, are and is:
Future Continuous: Negation
When we use the future continuous tense in speaking, we often contract the subject and will:
In negative sentences, you can contract 'will not' as won't, like this:
Future Continuous: Questions
For yes/no question sentences, we exchange the subject and will. Look at these example sentences with the future continuous tense:
For wh- question sentences, do the exact thing you do for yes/no questions and add the proper wh- question word at the beginning of the sentence and omit the part that is the answer.
Present Participle: Spelling Rules
We make the Present Participle by adding -ing to the verb. Normally we just add -ing. But sometimes we have to change the word a little. Here are the rules to help you know how to spell the Present Participle:
- If the verb ends in consonant + stressed vowel + consonant, double the last letter.
- If the verb ends in consonant + unstressed vowel + consonant, (the base verb is not stressed) do not double the last letter..
open → opening
- If the verb ends in 'ie', change the 'ie' to 'y'.
- If the verb ends in vowel + consonant + 'e', omit the 'e'.
Future Continuous: Uses
When someone uses the future continuous, they are thinking about:
Ongoing Actions in the Future
- We use the future continuous tense to talk about an unfinished action that will be in progress at a time later than now.
- We use the future continuous to talk about an action in progress in the future which is interrupted by a shorter action.
- We use the future continuous tense to project ourselves into the future.
- We use the future continuous with 'still', to talk about events that are already happening now and that we expect to continue some time into the future.
Predictions about Future
- We use the future continuous tense to predict or guess about future events.
- We can use the future continuous to talk about continuous events that we expect to happen in the future.
- We use the future continuous to talk about future actions that we see as new, different or temporary.
- We use the future continuous to talk about arrangements, often as a reminder or warning.
- We use the future continuous in the interrogative form to make polite enquiries about someone’s plans for the future.
When Not to Use Future Continuous Tense
We do not normally use the continuous tense with stative verbs (also called non-continuous verbs). Action verbs describe activities like running, thinking, and seeing. Stative verbs describe states of existence, like being, seeming, and knowing.