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Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #5110: Future continuous and future perfect.

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# Future continuous and future perfect.

A/ 'I will be doing something' (future continuous) = I will be in the middle of doing something.

The football match begins at 7.30 and ends at 9.15. So during this time, for example at 8.30, Kevin will be watching the match.

Another example:

I'm going on holiday on Saturday. This time next week I'll be lying on a beach or swimming in the sea.

Compare will be (do) ing and will (do):

Don't phone me between 7 and 8. We'll be having dinner then.

Let's wait for Mary to arrive and then we'll have dinner.

Compare will be -ing with other continuous forms:

At 10 o'clock yesterday, Sally was in her office. She was working, (past)

It's 10 o'clock now. She is in her office. She is working, (present)

At 10 o'clock tomorrow; she will be in her office. She will be working.

B/ We also use will be doing in a different way: to talk about complete actions in the future:

• A: If you see Sally, can you ask her to phone me?

B: Sure. I'll be seeing her this evening, so I'll tell her then.

• What time will your friends be arriving tomorrow?

In these examples will be -ing is similar to the present continuous for the future.

You can use Will you be -ing...? To ask about somebody's plans, especially if you want
something or want them to do something. For example:

A: Will you be passing the post office when you're out?
B: Probably. Why?
A: I need some stamps. Could you get me some?

A: Will you be using your bicycle this evening? B: No. Do you want to borrow it?

C/ We use will have (done) (future perfect) to say that something will already be complete. Kevin's football match ends at 9.15. So after this time, for example at 9.30, the match will have finished. Some more examples:

• Sally always leaves for work at 8.30 in the morning, so she won't be at home at 9 o'clock. She'll have gone to work.

We're late. The film will already have started by the time we get to the cinema.

Compare will have (done) with other perfect forms:

Ted and Amy have been married for 24 years, (present perfect)

Next year they will have been married for 25 years.

When their first child was born, they had been married for three years. (past perfect)

Put the verb into the correct form, future continuous and future perfect

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English exercise "Future continuous and future perfect." created by felin with The test builder. [More lessons & exercises from felin]

1. This time tomorrow, Maria on a beach in Majorca. (sunbathe)

2. Wake me up by nine o'clock - I long enough by then. (sleep)

3. Look, I can give you a lift to the station - I that way anyway. (drive)

4. It's strange that when we get to Sydney, we half way round the world. (fly)

5. Don't phone me between 7 and 8. We dinner then. (have)

6. Phone me after 8 o'clock. We dinner by then. (finish)

7. Tomorrow afternoon we're going to play tennis from 3 o'clock until 4.30. So at 4 o'clock, we tennis. (play)

8. Do you think you the same job in ten years' time? (still/do)

9. By the time you get home I the house from top to bottom. (clean)

10. Tom is on holiday and he is spending his money very quickly. If he continues like this, he all his money before the end of his holiday. (spend)

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