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 of the verb ‘to be’||present participle|
To stay, future continuous
|I will be staying.||I won’t be staying.||Will I be staying?||Won’t I be staying?|
|You will be staying.||You won’t be staying.||Will you be staying?||Won’t you be staying?|
|He will be staying.||He won’t be staying.||Will he be staying?||Won’t he be staying?|
|She will be staying.||She won’t be staying.||Will she be staying?||Won’t she be staying?|
|It will be staying.||It won’t be staying.||Will it be staying?||Won’t it be staying?|
|We will be staying.||We won’t be staying.||Will we be staying?||Won’t we be staying?|
|They will be staying.||They won’t be staying.||Will they be staying?||Won’t they be staying?|
The future continuous refers to an unfinished action or event that will be in progress at a time later than now. The future continuous is used for quite a few different purposes.
The future continuous can be used to project ourselves into the future.
- This time next week I will be sun-bathing in Bali.
- By Christmas I will be skiing like a pro.
- Just think, next Monday you will be working in your new job.
The future continuous can be used for predicting or guessing about future events.
- He’ll be coming to the meeting, I expect.
- I guess you’ll be feeling thirsty after working in the sun.
- You’ll be missing the sunshine once you’re back in England.
In the interrogative form, the future continuous can be used to ask politely for information about the future.
- Will you be bringing your friend to the pub tonight?
- Will Jim be coming with us?
- Will she be going to the party tonight?
- Will I be sleeping in this room?
The future continuous can be used to refer to continuous events that we expect to happen in the future.
- I’ll be seeing Jim at the conference next week.
- When he is in Australia he will be staying with friends.
- I’ll be eating with Jane this evening so I can tell her.
When combined with still, the future continuous refers to events that are already happening now and that we expect to continue some time into the future.
- In an hour I’ll still be ironing my clothes.
- Tomorrow he’ll still be suffering from his cold.
- Next year will she still be wearing a size six?
- Won’t stock prices still be falling in the morning?
- Unfortunately, sea levels will still be rising in 20 years.