Tenses & timelines: Future Continuous
April 4, 2019
Written by Douglas Shaw
The future continuous tense is actually present continuous with the added future time (e.g. next week / tomorrow). Use for an action that will be happening for a length of time in the future. (I will be doing):
The future continuous is often used to ask about and discuss future arrangements or plans with just the addition of a future time, but only use it when these arrangements are certain.
- What are you doing next week? I’m traveling to Paris.
- What’s she doing tomorrow? She’s singing in the choir.
Use of will be doing in a sentence is often referred to as the true future continuous. It is used to talk about activities that will be happening at a particular time or over a particular time in the future.
- Next week, we will be having a company party. Can you come?
The future continuous can also be used in the present continuous form to talk about future plans
- We will be leaving for the office at 8:00 p.m.