The Future Continuous & The Future Perfect

   

 
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Welcome to your Future Continuous & Future Perfect lesson! In this topic we talk about:
• When do we use the Future Continuous & Future Perfect?
More explanation
Other uses of the Future Continuous
Other uses of the Future Perfect
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When do we use the Future Continuous & Future Perfect?

Imagine you are standing in a queue to get into the cinema.

Present Continuous
“Now, we are queueing to see a film.”

Future Continuous
“One hour from now we will be watching the film.”

Future Perfect
“Four hours from now the film will have finished.”

More explanation

The Future Continuous means “In the middle of something”:

This time next week I’ll be on holiday. I‘ll be hiking and staying at a lovely cabin.”

Don’t call me at five, I‘ll be working.”

Compare the Future Continuous with the Future Simple:

Future Continuous
“Come and visit at two, we‘ll be relaxing at home.”

Future Simple
“Come and visit at two, then we‘ll relax at home.”

Compare the Future Continuous with other continuous forms:

Past Continuous
“At three yesterday, she was working.”

Present Continuous
“It’s three, she is working.”

Future Continuous
“At three tomorrow, she will be working.”

Other uses of the Future Continuous

We also use the Future Continuous to talk about actions that will be completed in the future:

Will you be going away this weekend?”

“The singer is sick and won’t be performing tonight.”

“Later on the programme I‘ll be talking to Stephen Fry.”

These examples are very similar to “Going to + Verb”.

Other uses of the Future Perfect

The Future Perfect is used to say that something will already be complete in the future:

“The bus leaves at six pm, so at seven tonight the bus will already have left.”

“If we leave at two we’ll be late, the film will already have started.”

Compare the future perfect with other perfect forms:

Present Perfect
“We have been working here for twenty years.”

Future Perfect
“Next year we will have been working here for twenty-one years.”

Past Perfect
“Last year we had been working here for nineteen years.”

Recap

  • The Future Continuous means “In the middle of something”.
  • It’s also used to talk about actions that will be completed in the future.
  • The Future Perfect is used to say that something will already be complete in the future.