In this article we’ll practise making the future progressive. It’s not very complicated.
You use: will be + verb ending in –ing.
When to Use?
We use the future progressive when something is sure to happen.
Here is an example:
A) I can say: I will go to the movies tonight.
B) I can also say: I will be going to the movies tonight.
In B, it’s certain that I will go. Maybe I’ve already set up with a friend, or we even might have bought the tickets already.
One more example. What’s the difference between these two sentences?
A Janelle and David will catch the 14:02 train from Waterloo station.
B Janet and David will be catching the 14:02 train from Waterloo station.
Again, sentence B is more certain than sentence A which uses simple future. In B, you can take it for a fact that Janet and David are going to be on that train.
Negatives with Future Progressive
You can also use will not = won’t.
Here is an example:
A The airline won’t fly to Brussels until February.
B The airline won’t be flying to Brussels until February.
B is more certain than A.
Which is Better to Use?
In all cases, you may use both regular future and future progressive. When you want to sound extra sure, use future progressive.
Use the future progressive (will be + -ing).
You can do this exercise online and check your answers, here.
1 The class ____________ (end) at 4 pm.
2 Karim ____________ (graduate) in June next year.
3 On 28 January, Faye _____________ (celebrate) her 26th birthday.
4 Around this time, Kitty __________ (watch) the news.
5 It’s Friday, so Grandma ___________ (cook) fish.
6 Sandra and Jon __________ be travelling to Thailand for the holidays.
7 The company ____________ (raise) prices as of 1 January 2014.
8 The advertising manager ___________ (not approve) such a high budget as long as our results are disappointing.
9 The shops __________ (sell) Christmas sweets until way into January.
10 That lamp __________ (not work) if you don’t plug it in first.
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