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The future continuous tense is a verb tense that shows an action happening over a period of time in the future. “I will be dancing all night” is an example of the future continuous tense, as it indicates an action continuing over a specific future period of time. Compare it to this sentence, written in the simple future tense: “I will dance.” Although this example indicates an intention to dance in the future, it does not refer to a continuous action over a specific period of time in the future.
The future continuous tense can be confusing because it sometimes seems interchangeable with other future tenses.
The future continuous tense, also known as the future progressive tense, is a verb tense that shows an ongoing action in the future. It is the future version of the present continuous tense, which uses a similar construction.
It is helpful to use the future continuous tense when describing:
We use the Future Continuous Tense We use to describe an action that will or won't be going on at a certain time in the future.
Although the future continuous tense is often confused with the simple future tense, there are some key differences between the two. The future continuous tense is usually used with a specified period of time, whereas the simple future tense can be used with or without an exact time.
The future continuous tense also shows more certainty than the simple future tense does. We use the future continuous tense for actions we know will happen, but we use the simple future tense for actions that are less likely.
There’s also some confusion about the future continuous tense vs. the future perfect continuous tense. Keep in mind that the future continuous tense is for actions taking place over a specific period of time in the future, while the future perfect continuous tense is for actions that are ongoing into the future but lack a specified end date.
Like all other continuous tenses, you cannot use the future continuous tense with stative verbs like want, need, love, or hate. Use the simple future tense with stative verbs instead.
The future continuous tense is formed with the words will and be plus the present participle of the actionable verb. Unlike most other verb tenses, you do not need to conjugate any verbs to match person, number, or gender.
Essentially, the future continuous tense takes the present continuous tense and adjusts it to speak to the future.
Remember that when using the modal verb will, the verb that follows uses its bare infinitive form (the infinitive without to). So when we add will to the present continuous, the verbs is, are, or am take their bare infinitive form, be. The present participle remains the same.
How to use the future continuous tense with negatives?
When using the future continuous tense with negatives, insert the word not after will and before be.
How to use the future continuous tense with contractions?
Contractions can be tricky with the future continuous tense because positive and negative sentences have different rules.
For positive sentences, if the subject is a pronoun, use a contraction with the subject and the word will.
For negative sentences, instead of using a contraction with the subject, use the contraction won’t to replace will and not.
How to use the future continuous tense in questions?
When using the future continuous tense in a question, the subject comes after will and before be.
For negative questions, we typically use the contraction won’t to replace will.
|1. What is the Future Continuous Tense?|
|2. How is the Future Continuous Tense formed?|
|3. What is the purpose of using the Future Continuous Tense?|
|4. Can the Future Continuous Tense be used to express future intentions or plans?|
|5. What are some other examples of sentences using the Future Continuous Tense?|