The future continuous is made up of two elements: the simple future of the verb 'to be' + the present participle (base+ing)

 Subject            simple future, 'to be'           base+ing

You                             will be                       watching

Affirmative: I will be asking

Negative: She won't be leaving

Interrogative:  Will they be retiring?


The future continuous refers to an unfinished action or event that will be in progress at a time later than now. It is used:

  • To project ourselves into the future and see something happening: This time next week I will be sun-bathing in Bali.
  • To refer to actions/events that will happen in the normal course of events: I'll be seeing Jim at the conference next week.
  • In the interrogative form, especially with 'you', to distinguish between a simple request for information and an invitation:   Will you be coming to the party tonight? (= request for information)   Will you come to the party? (= invitation)
  • To predict or guess about someone's actions or feelings, now or in the future:  You'll be feeling tired after that long walk, I expect.
  • Events in progress in the future: This time next week you will be working in your new job.  At four thirty on Tuesday afternoon I will be signing the contract.
  • Events/actions in normal course of events: I'll be going into town this afternoon, is there anything you want from the shops? I'll be seeing Jane this evening - I'll give her the message.
  • Asking for information: Will you be bringing your friend to the pub tonight?  Will Jim be coming with us?
  • Predicting or guessing: You'll be feeling thirsty after working in the sun.  He'll be coming to the meeting, I expect.
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