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How to Use the Future Continuous Tense


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Learning to Use the Future Continuous Tense

The Core Characteristic of the Future Continuous is to predict a temporary action in the future. The inclusion of the continuous form emphasizes the temporary nature of the future activity.

He will be watching the match at the weekend

I'll be having lunch at 1

She'll be working on that project next week. 

Note that the Reference Point (R) is placed at a specific point during the stated action,  as you can see from Diagram 1. The verb in the Future Continuous form starts before this time marker and ends after it.

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