The Future Continuous

The future continuous tense is used to talk about things that will be in progress at a certain time in the future. Using this tense, you will be able to talk about your future plans, as well as ask someone about theirs.


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Future Continuous Affirmative


The future continuous affirmative is formed using "will be" and the present participle (-ing form of the verb).

  • Examples:
    • I'll be passing by the store on the way home, do you want me to stop and get anything?
    • We'll be making pasta salad for lunch tomorrow.

Future Continuous Negative

The future continuous is formed by putting "not" after will. This is almost always used as the contraction "won't."

  • Examples:
    • I won't be driving to work tomorrow.
    • We won't be going to Canada on vacation this winter.

Future Continuous Questions

Future continuous yes/no questions are formed by moving "will" to the beginning of the sentence.

  • Examples:
    • Will Joan be joining us for lunch?
    • Will they be throwing their big Halloween party this year?

Future continuous wh-questions are formed by placing the wh-word at the beginning of the sentence. The rules for yes/no questions still apply.

  • Examples:
    • What time will their plane be getting in?
    • Where will Sasha be having her wedding reception?