Future Continuous Tense in English - Formation, Grammar Practice and Usage

Future Continuous Tense in English - Formation, Grammar Practice and Usage
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Teaching English Grammar – Tenses In English

Future Continuous Tense – Formation, Usage and Grammar Practice (B2)

The following B2 English Grammar Lesson deals with tenses in English, specifically Future Continuous Tense. How to form Future Continuous Tense, and when to use it. There is a grammar practice section included in this lesson, the answers to which you will find in the Answer Sheet available for download at the end.

Formation

Affirmative (Positive)

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Subject To Be Present Participle (Verb + ing)
I will be browsing the web.
You will be criticizing me later.
He will be calling back.
She will be struggling with it.
It will be haunting him.
We will be fighting for a good cause.
You will be working on a new project.
They will be panicking.

Contacted forms:

I will → I’ll
You will → You’ll
He will → He’ll
She will → She’ll
It will → It’ll
We will → We’ll
You will → You’ ll
They will → They’ll

 

Negative

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Subject To Be Present Participle (Verb + ing)
I will not be (won’t be) browsing the web.
You will not be (won’t be) criticizing me later.
He will not be (won’t be) calling back.
She will not be (won’t be) struggling with it.
It will not be (won’t be) haunting him.
We will not be (won’t be) fighting for a good cause.
You will not be (won’t be) working on a new project.
They will not be (won’t be) panicking.

Contacted forms:

Will not → won’t

Interrogative (Question)

Will Subject To Be Present Participle (Verb + ing)
Will I be browsing the web?
Will you be criticizing me later?
Will he be calling back?
Will she be struggling with it?
Will it be haunting him?
Will we be fighting for a good cause?
Will you be working on a new project?
Will they be panicking?

Negative Interrogative (Long Form)

Will Subject not To Be Verb + ing
Will I not be browsing the web?
Will you not be criticizing me later?
Will he not be calling back?
Will she not be struggling with it?
Will it not be haunting him?
Will we not be fighting for a good cause?
Will you not be working on a new project?
Will they not be panicking?

  Negative Interrogative (Contracted Form)

To Be Subject To Be Present Participle (Verb + ing)
Won’t I be browsing the web?
Won’t you be criticizing me later?
Won’t he be calling back?
Won’t she be struggling with it?
Won’t it be haunting him?
Won’t we be fighting for a good cause?
Won’t you be working on a new project?
Won’t they be panicking?

Usage

We use the future continuous:
1.To talk about an activity that will happen in the future and continue for some time.
e.g. I will be studying there for four years.
2. When we talk about an activity which will start now and continue into the future.
e.g. Susan will be meeting with clients until 5:30.
3. To talk about a longer action in the future which will be interrupted by a short one.
e.g. I’ll be cooking cooking dinner when you come tonight.
4. To talk about predictions for the future
e.g. By the end of the year, most people will be buying our product.

Review:

How to form Present Participle (-ing form)?

Verb + ing Present Participle
Usually go go + ing going
Verbs ending in -e take drop the –e + ing taking
One syllable verbs run add the last syllable +ing running
Irregular form lie there is no rule; should learn it by heart lying

Grammar Practice:

1. Write the correct present participle.

supply
update
rip
strike
hire
inspire
enable
consume
yell
treat

2. Look at the example. Change the sentence.

e.g. Roy- read- magazine- evening → Roy will be reading a magazine in the evening.

  1. She- apply- jobs- when- return
  2. Sarah- warm- my dinner- come home
  3. His business- make- money- 2 years
  4. Bonnie and Susan- chill out- beach- after exam
  5. Her illness- develop- very fast
  6. Their IT company- launch- new product- spring

3. Read the sentence. Make a question.

e.g. We will be camping at the lake. → Will we be camping at the lake?

  1. Our teacher will be marking our papers tomorrow.
  2. The Simpsons will be paying off their debt for many years.
  3. ACDB ltd. won’t be promoting their new product here.
  4. I will be relying mainly on my parents.
  5. The university will be supporting his research.
  6. I won’t be risking my future for that!

4. Answer the following questions for yourself.

  1. Will you be going skiing next winter?
  2. Will you be sitting a difficult exam soon?
  3. Will you be working out?
  4. Will you be chilling out on Saturday?
  5. Will you be browsing the web later today?
  6. Will you be composing a symphony one day?
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