English Daily Workout: Future Continuous

Future Continuous


The future continuous
   a. Use
   b. Formation
   c. Questions and negative statements


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4. The future continuous

a. Use
The Future Continuous tense is used to express continuous, ongoing actions which will take place in the future. In the following examples, the verbs in the Future Continuous tense are underlined.
e.g. He will be waiting for us.
      They will be arriving tomorrow.

b. Formation
The Future Continuous of any verb is formed from the Simple Future of the auxiliary to be, followed by the present participle of the verb. For instance, the Future Continuous of the verb to work is conjugated as follows:


I will (shall) be working
you will be working
he will be working
she will be working
it will be working
we will (shall) be working
they will be working



It can be seen that the Future Continuous tense has two auxiliaries. The first auxiliary is will or shall, and the second auxiliary is be.

c. Questions and negative statements
As is the case with other English tenses, questions and negative statements in the Future Continuous are formed using the first auxiliary.

Questions are formed by placing the first auxiliary before the subject. For example:

Affirmative StatementQuestion
  It will be working.  Will it be working?
  They will be working.  Will they be working?

Negative statements are formed by placing the word not after the first auxiliary. For example:

Affirmative StatementNegative Statement
  It will be working.  It will not be working.
  They will be working.  They will not be working.

Negative questions are formed by placing the first auxiliary before the subject, and the word not after the subject. However, when contractions are used, the contracted form of not immediately follows the first auxiliary. For example:

Without ContractionsWith Contractions
  Will it not be working?  Won't it be working?
  Will they not be working?  Won't they be working?

Tag questions are formed using the first auxiliary. In the following examples, the negative tag questions are underlined. Contractions are usually used in negative tag questions.

Affirmative StatementAffirmative Statement with Tag Question
  It will be working.  It will be working, won't it?
  They will be working.  They will be working, won't they?