The future progressive tense talks about action at a particular moment in the future. The action will start before that moment but it will not have finished at that moment. When we use the future progressive tense, our listener usually knows or understands what time we are talking about.

The Future progressive is made with the future form of the verb “to be” (I will be, you will be, he/she/it will be, we will be, you will be, they will be) + the ‘-ing’ form of the main verb. The ‘-ing’ form of the verb is called the Present Participle.

In this page, I will explain step by step the following points:

  1. How to form the future progressive tense.
  2. When to use the future progressive tense.

How to form the future progressive tense:

The affirmative form:
 

We form the future progressive tense by combining  verb to be in the future simple tense will be) plus the base form of the infinitive (without the ‘TO’ of infinitive) with the present participle (The present participle is simply the “-ing” form of a verb).

Subject
Verb to be in the future simple tense
Verb
Present Participle (+ing)
The Rest of the sentence
I
Will be
cook
Ing
sausage at home
You
Will be
cook
Ing
sausage at home
He / She / It
Will be
cook
Ing
sausage  at home
We/You/They
Will be
cook
Ing
sausage at home

1. For verbs that end in ‘E’ we delete the ‘E’ and then we add ‘ING’.
  • Close– Closing
  • Write– Writing
  • Drive– Driving
2. For verbs that end in a ‘IE’ we change the ‘IE’ into ‘Y’ then we add ‘ING’.
  • Die– Dying
  • Lie– Lying
  • Tie– Tying
3. For verbs that end in a ‘C’ we add ‘K’ then ‘ING’.
  • Panic– Panicking
  • Picnic– Picnicking
  • Mimic– Mimicking

4. For verbs with one syllable that end in a ‘CVC’ we double the last consonant then we add ‘ING’.

  • Shop– Shopping
  • Run– Running
  • Plan– Planning
Negative form:
 
To make a negative sentence in English (Future Progressive Tense) we generally use won’t.
 
Affirmative: I will be playing chess and brain games.
Negative: I won’t be playing chess and brain games.
Subject
Will+not 
Verb to be
Verb
Present Participle (+ing)
The Rest of the sentence
I
Won’t
be
cook
Ing
sausage at home
You
Won’t
be
cook
Ing
sausage at home
He / She / It
Won’t
be
cook
Ing
sausage  at home
We/You/They
Won’t
be
cook
Ing
sausage at home

 Interrogative form:

Yes/no questions are also formed using the invariable auxiliary ‘Will’  and the auxiliary ‘To be’. But, pay attention this time,  the subject is placed between the two auxiliaries:

Auxiliary ‘Will’
Subject
Auxiliary ‘To be’
Example
Will
I
be
Will I  be smoking?
Will
you
be
Will you  be smoking?
Will
he
be
Will he be smoking?
Will
she
be
Will she be smoking?
Will
it
be
Will it be smoking?
Will
we
be
Will we be smoking?
Will
they
be
Will they be smoking?
WH- questions (questions starting with Wh-words such as “what”, “who”, “why”, “when” and “where”) are also created by putting  the auxiliary ‘Will’ before the subject:
 
Statement
Yes/no question
WH- question
I will be eating cherries
Will I be eating cherries?
What will I be eating?
You will be playing guitar.
Will you be playing guitar?
Where will you be playing guitar?
He will be preparing some French fries.
Will he be preparing some French fries?
Why will he be preparing some French fries?

When to use  the Future progressive tense:

1: Continuous action in the future which is interrupted by a time or by another action.

  • I’’ll be sleeping when you come back.
  • At eight o’clock, I’’ll be explaining the lesson to my pupils.

2: Complete action in the future that will happen in the normal course of events.

  • The king will be giving a speech later.
  • Will you be taking your car in the trip? (=I’m asking very indirectly and politely – perhaps I want to travel by car with you).

3:To make a guess about the present.

  • My granny will be preparing couscous now (= I think she is cooking now, but I’’m not completely sure).