What Is the Future Progressive Tense? (with Examples)
Future Progressive TenseThe future progressive tense is used for an ongoing action that will occur in the future. For example:
- John will be baking a cake.
- They will be painting the fence.
A Video SummaryHere is a short video summarizing the future progressive tense:
Infographic for the Future Perfect TenseHere is an infographic explaining the future progressive tense:
Examples of the Future Progressive TenseHere are some examples of the future progressive tense (shaded):
- The Moscow State Circus will be performing in Cheltenham for the next 3 weeks.
- We will be celebrating like kings if it works.
- The next time you see a spider's web, please pause and look a little closer. You will be seeing one of the most high-performance materials known to man. (Biologist Cheryl Hayashi)
- She'll be coming around the mountain when she comes. ("She'll" is a contraction of "she will.")
Forming the Future Progressive TenseThe future progressive tense is formed like this:
[present participle ("verb-ing")]
(This is the construction for singular and plural.)
Forming the Present ParticipleThe word that ends "-ing" is known as a present participle. It is formed like this:
Add "ing" to most verbs:
- play > playing
- shout > shouting
- prepare > preparing
- ride > riding
- lie > lying
- untie > untying
- run > running
- forget > forgetting
The Negative VersionIf you need the negative version, you can use the following construction:
"will not be"+
- The Moscow State Circus will not be performing in Cheltenham for the next 3 weeks.
- We will not be celebrating like kings if it fails.
The Question VersionIf you need to ask a question, you can use the following word order for a yes/no question:
- Will the Moscow State Circus be performing in Washington?
- Will we be celebrating like kings?
- When will the Moscow State Circus be performing in Cheltenham?
- Why will we be celebrating like kings?
[present participle]+ +
- Will the Moscow State Circus be performing in New York or Washington?
present participle A+
present participle B
- Will we be celebrating like kings commiserating like paupers?
Verb Tense WidgetUse this widget to learn about the different tenses. How do you use this widget? Well, if there's a button, a drop-down menu, or a , then you can click it!
Other Future TensesThe future progressive tense is one of four future tenses. This table shows all four of the future tenses:
|The 4 Future Tenses||Example|
|simple future tense||I will go|
|future progressive tense||I will be going|
|future perfect tense||I will have gone|
|future perfect progressive||I will have been going|