Using more complex structures to talk about the future

English uses continuous and perfect forms to talk about the future with different functions.

Future continuous : Will be + ing

We use Will be + ing (often referred to as the future continuous) to talk about actions or events that will be in progress at a specific time in the future

                          

     

                          

       We will be eating dinner at 8:00pm

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Future perfect simple :

Will have + participle

We use Will have + participle (often referred to as the future perfect simple) when we refer to a moment in the past from a moment in the future    

                          

       We will have eaten dinner by the time you arrive

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Future perfect continuous :

Will have been + ing

We use Will have been + ing (often referred to as the future perfect continuous) when we refer to the past from a moment in the future and we wish to empasise the duration of the activity or event

                          

 We will have been eating dinner for two hours when your  train arrives

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Future in the past

Sometimes when we talk about the past we refer to an event or action that was in the future for the time of speaking or the time being spoken about. We use past forms to achieve this    

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Fundamental future structures

Will & Shall

Future expressions

Future Continuous

Future Perfect

Future Perfect Continuous

Future in the past

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