Future Continuous Tense
Definition: The Future Continuous Tense, also known as Future Progressive Tense, is used to talk about actions which will be in progress at a time in the future. For example, "He will be meeting us next week", it indicates ongoing nature of an action (meeting) which will occur in future.
- Helping verbs ("will be" or "shall be" are used in sentence.
- 1st form of verb + ing is used as main verb in sentence.
- Helping verb "will" is used with subject (He, She, It, You, They and names) whereas helping verb "shall" is used with subject (I and We).
Structure of Sentence
- Subject + helping verbs ("will be" or "shall be") + (1st form of verb+ing) + object
- I shall be playing football tomorrow.
- You will be going to school tomorrow.
- Subject + ("will not be" or "shall not be") + (1st form of verb+ing) + object
- In negative sentence, "not" is used between helping verbs, so it becomes "will not be" or "shall not be".
- I shall not be playing football tomorrow.
- You will not be going to school tomorrow.
- Helping verb ("Will" or "Shall") + subject + helping verb ("be") + (1st form of verb+ing) + object
- In Interrogative sentence, helping verb ("Will" or "Shall") is placed at the beginning of sentence and helping verb "be" comes after subject.
- Shall I be playing football tomorrow?
- Will you be going to school tomorrow?
- When will you be leaving for office?
- The words "what, where, when, how, etc." will be used before "will" or "shall" in such kind of interrogative sentences.
Interrogative Negative Sentence
- Helping verb ("Will" or "Shall") + subject + not + be + (1st form of verb+ing) + object
- In Future Progressive Tense, interrogative negative sentences are just like interrogative affirmative sentences with only use of "not" after subject.
- Will those children not be making a noise?
- Why shall we not be reading old books?
Rule: Must put Question Mark (?) in the end of interrogative and negative interrogative sentences.
More Examples of Future Continuous Tense
- He will be starting a business.
- She will be sending me a letter.
- I shall be giving you a pen tomorrow.
- They will be buying a new car.
- We shall be playing football.
- He will not be starting a business.
- I shall not be giving you a pen tomorrow.
- Students will not be taking exams at the end of semester.
- They will not be buying a new.
- Will he be starting a business?
- Shall I be giving you a pen tomorrow?
- Will students be taking exams at the end of semester?
- Will they be buying a new car?
- What shall we be playing tomorrow?
Negative Interrogative Sentences
- Will those children not be making noice?
- Shall I not be staying there till Sunday?
- Will the postman not be coming soon?
- Will she no be sending me a letter?
List of all English Tenses
Below is list of all English tenses including the structure and explanation of usage of each tense:
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