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What is the future progressive?
The future progressive tense, also future continuous, expresses a continuing action that will be in progress at a future time.
Mrs Nelson is getting ready for her bingo night. She goes there every Wednesday.
In an hour she will be sitting at her table with her friends. They will be talking. They will be playing bingo. And she will be seeing Charles, a good-looking pensioner she met there last week.
When to use the future progressive
We use the English future progressive tense to:
- express that an action will be in progress at a certain future time.
- In an hour she will be sitting at her table with her friends. They will be talking. They will be playing bingo.
- express a future action that we expect to happen.
- And she will be seeing Charles, a good-looking pensioner she met there last week.
Signal Words: English Future Progressive Tense
Signal words can help us to recognise the tense in a sentence. The signal words for the future progressive are:
- at 4 o’clock tomorrow
- this time next week
Conjugation of English Future Progressive Tense
To conjugate the future progressive tense we follow the rule: will + be + present participle or ing-form. The conjugation is that same for all forms. The table below provides an overview of the future progressive tense in positive, negative and interrogative sentences.
|all forms are the same
|I will be speaking
|I will not be speaking
|Will I be speaking?
Present Participle – Spelling Rules
The present participle is generally formed by adding -ing to the base form of a verb. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule:
- An -e at the end of the word is removed, but -ee, -oe and -ye remain unchanged.
- come – coming
- but: agree - agreeing
- A consonant that follows a short stressed vowel is doubled. However, -w, -x and -y are not doubled.
- sit – sitting
- but: mix – mixing
- An -l as a final consonant after a vowel is always doubled in British English but not in American English.
- travel – travelling (British)
- traveling (American)
- An -ie at the end of the word is replaced with a -y
- lie – lying
Contractions are a combination of certain pronouns, verbs and the word not. They are mostly used in spoken and informal written English. The table below provides an overview of contractions in the future progressive with the verb will.
|…’ll not/… won’t
|I’ll not/I won’t
In written English, we usually use contractions after pronouns, but not after nouns.
- Unfortunately, she’ll not be sitting next to Charles.
- (but not:
Unfortunately, the woman’ll/Mrs Nelson’ll not be sitting next to Charles.)
Negated contractions, which are a combination of an auxiliary verb and not, can always be used.
- Unfortunately, she won’t be sitting next to Charles.
- Unfortunately, the woman/Mrs Nelson won’t be sitting next to Charles.