How do we use the future continuous?

We use the future continuous to refer to an action that will be in progress at a specific time in the future. This action is normally in progress when something else happens.


For example: Imagine that it is your birthday on the 31st January, you will say…

I will be celebrating my birthday on January 31st.

I will have celebrated my birthday on the 1st February.



+ I will be doing an exam at 7 pm when you arrive.

– I will not be reading by the time you arrive.

? Will you still be working out at the gym when I come in?


To have a look at some other continuous/progressive tenses, see the following links:

Speaking questions:

  1. Will you be working at 8 pm tomorrow?
  2. Will you be sleeping by midnight?
  3. Will you be watching tv when I get home?
  4. What will you be doing in 10 years time?
  5. Where will you be living in 20 years time?
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