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The Future Continuous Tense

1. What is the future continuous tense?

The future continuous tense is used to say what will be happening at a future time.

2. How to make the future continuous tense

The future continuous tense is made by:
will be …ing or
is going to be …ing

A future continuous tense sentence is:
will be …ing + future time or
is going to be …ing + future time

*Note: the future time can be at the start or at the end.

will be …ingfuture timefull sentence
will be eating breakfastat 6am tomorrowI will be eating my breakfast at 6am tomorrow.
will be sleepingwhen you get homeShe will be sleeping when you get home.
will be having dinnerearly tonightWe will be having dinner early tonight, so come home quickly.
is going to be …ingfuture timefull sentence
am going to be cooking lunchduring the gameI am going to be cooking lunch during the game.
is going to be having a meetingwhen I arriveTracy is going to be having a meeting when I arrive.
is going to be rainingduring the gameIt is probably going to be raining during the game, so bring a jacket.

3. Making questions

A common use for the future continuous tense is to ask questions about what a person will be doing in the future.

Future continuous questions are made by:
question word + will + subject + be …ing (+ future time) or
question word + be + subject + going to be …ing (+ future time)

question wordwillsubjectbe …ingfuture timefull question
whatwillyoube doingthis weekendWhat will you be doing this weekend?
wherewillMishabe goingfor her birthdayWhere will Misha be going for her birthday?
whenwillyoube meetingWhen will you be meeting Dave?
question wordbesubjectgoing to be …ingfuture timefull question
whyisWilsongoing to be playingtomorrowWhy is Wilson going to be playing tomorrow?
howareyougoing to be travelling to RioHow are you going to be travelling to Rio?
which busareyougoing to be taking to the cinemaon Monday nightWhich bus are you going to be taking to the cinema on Monday night?
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