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Lesson 8.2

Future Continuous

El futuro continuo
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Grammatical Rules

Form

To form the future continuous we use “will be” or “be going to” along with the verb+ing.

Subject Auxiliaries Verb+ing
I will be
am going to be
talking, eating, learning, doing, going…
he, she, it will be
is going to be
talking, eating, learning, doing, going…
you, we, they will be
are going to be
talking, eating, learning, doing, going…

Structure

1. Affirmative Sentences

Subject + “will be” + verb+ing…
Subject + auxiliary verb (to be) + “going to be” + verb+ing…

Examples:

 I will be talking. / I am going to be talking.
 He will be eating. / He is going to be eating.
 They will be learning. / They are going to be learning.

2. Negative Sentences

Subject + “will” + “not” + “be” + verb+ing…
Subject + auxiliary verb (to be) + “not” + “going to be” + verb+ing…

Examples:

 I will not [won’t] be talking. / I am not going to be talking.
 He will not [won’t] be eating./ He isn’t going to be eating.
 They will not [won’t] be learning. / They aren’t going to be learning.

Note: In negatives sentences, the negative auxiliary “not” is found between the auxiliaries “will” and “be” or between “to be” and “going to be”.

3. Interrogative Sentences

“Will” + subject + "be"+ verb+ing…?
Auxiliary verb (to be) + subject + “going to be” + verb+ing…?

Examples:

 Will you be talking? / Are you going to be talking?
 Will he be eating? / Is he going to be eating?
 Will they be learning? / Are they going to be learning?

Note: In interrogative sentences, the subject is located between the auxiliaries “will” and “be” or between “to be” and “going to be”.

Uses

In contrast to the future simple, the two forms of the future continuous have the same meaning and can be used interchangeably. The use of the future continuous is the same as the past continuous, in that it is used for actions that occur at a specific time, but in this case, in the future.

1. The future continuous is used for an action or event that will be occurring in the future and that will be interrupted. The action that will cause the interruption is in the present simple.

Examples:

 Jose will be [Jose’s going to be] watching the news when you call.
 Will it be [Is it going to be] raining when l leave?

2. We use the future continuous to talk about actions or events that will happen at a specific time in the future.

Examples:

 Paula will be [Paula’s going to be] living in Spain next April.
 We will still be working [We’re still going to be working] at 10 o’clock tomorrow night.

Note: As we have seen, there are some verbs which may not be used in the continuous tenses. Further explanation, as well as a list of such verbs that cannot be used in the continuous tenses, can be found in the lesson on the continuous verb tenses.

Note: As we have seen, there are some verbs which may not be used in the continuous tenses. Further explanation, as well as a list of such verbs that cannot be used in the continuous tenses, can be found in the lesson on the continuous verb tenses.

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