In this article we’ll break down the forms and application of the future continuous tense. Visit our main verb tenses page for resources on all verb tenses.
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Ving → Present Participle
The formula for the future continuous tense is: will + be + present participle.
**Going to be**
It is possible to use am/is/are + going to instead of will in the future continuous tense.
The form is correct—and you will definitely hear it. However, it is used more frequently in colloquial speech by saying ‘gonna be’ instead of ‘going to’.
The ‘Going to’ form isn't used very often in formal writing, and ‘gonna be’ is not appropriate in a formal situation.
Making It Negative
To make the future continuous tense in negative form, use this formula: will + not + be + present participle.
Asking a Question
When asking a question in the future continuous tense, use the formula: will + subject + be + present participle.
When To Use the Future Continuous Tense
The simple definition of the future continuous tense is that it indicates an action that will happen in the future and continue for a certain amount of time. However, there are many contexts of that indication that we will dissect in this section.
When describing an action that will happen in the future, continue, and then be interrupted by another action.
When using a continuous action in the future that will happen at a specific time.
Similar to Use #1 this puts the use of the future continuous as the interrupting action.
When describing actions happening at the same time in the future.
This is a prime example of a possible colloquial use of ‘gonna be’ in this context.
What are you two doing tomorrow?
I’m going to be helping my mother at her house, and he’s going to be watching the kids.
When describing an atmosphere that may or may not exist in the future.
When Not To Use It
Don’t use the future continuous tense with stative/non-continuous verbs.
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