Further Future Forms

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

Find more detail on Will be + ing (Future continuous) here


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

Find more detail on Will have + participle (Future perfect simple) here

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

Find more detail on Will have been + ing (Future perfect continuous) here


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

Find more detail on Future in the past structures here

Related Topics


Fundamental future structures


Will & Shall


Future expressions


Future Continuous


Future Perfect


Future Perfect Continuous


Future in the past

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