lunes, 13 de enero de 2014

FUTURE CONTINUOUS



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Future Continuous has two different forms: "will be doing " and "be going to be doing." Unlike Simple Future forms, Future Continuous forms are usually interchangeable.

FORM Future Continuous with "Will"

[will be + present participle]
Examples:
  • You will be waiting for her when her plane arrives tonight.
  • Will you be waiting for her when her plane arrives tonight?
  • You will not be waiting for her when her plane arrives tonight.

FORM Future Continuous with "Be Going To "

[am/is/are + going to be + present participle]
Examples:
  • You are going to be waiting for her when her plane arrives tonight.
  • Are you going to be waiting for her when her plane arrives tonight?
  • You are not going to be waiting for her when her plane arrives tonight.
REMEMBER: It is possible to use either "will" or "be going to" to create the Future Continuous with little difference in meaning.
Complete List of Future Continuous Forms

USE 1 Interrupted Action in the Future


Use the Future Continuous to indicate that a longer action in the future will be interrupted by a shorter action in the future. Remember this can be a real interruption or just an interruption in time.
Examples:
  • I will be watching TV when she arrives tonight.
  • I will be waiting for you when your bus arrives.
  • I am going to be staying at the Madison Hotel, if anything happens and you need to contact me.
  • He will be studying at the library tonight, so he will not see Jennifer when she arrives.
Notice in the examples above that the interruptions (marked in italics) are in Simple Present rather than Simple Future. This is because the interruptions are in time clauses, and you cannot use future tenses in time clauses.

USE 2 Specific Time as an Interruption in the Future


In USE 1, described above, the Future Continuous is interrupted by a short action in the future. In addition to using short actions as interruptions, you can also use a specific time as an interruption.
Examples:
  • Tonight at 6 PM, I am going to be eating dinner. I will be in the process of eating dinner.
  • At midnight tonight, we will still be driving through the desert. We will be in the process of driving through the desert.

REMEMBER

In the Simple Future, a specific time is used to show the time an action will begin or end. In the Future Continuous, a specific time interrupts the action.
Examples:
  • Tonight at 6 PM, I am going to eat dinner. I am going to start eating at 6 PM.
  • Tonight at 6 PM, I am going to be eating dinner. I am going to start earlier and I will be in the process of eating dinner at 6 PM.
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    ADVERB PLACEMENT

    The examples below show the placement for grammar adverbs such as: always, only, never, ever, still, just, etc.
    Examples:
    • You will still be waiting for her when her plane arrives.
    • Will you still be waiting for her when her plane arrives?
    • You are still going to be waiting for her when her plane arrives.
    • Are you still going to be waiting for her when her plane arrives?

    ACTIVE / PASSIVE

    Examples:
    • At 8:00 PM tonight, John will be washing the dishes. Active
    • At 8:00 PM tonight, the dishes will be being washed by John. Passive
    • At 8:00 PM tonight, John is going to be washing the dishes. Active
    • At 8:00 PM tonight, the dishes are going to be being washed by John. Passive
    NOTE: Passive forms of the Future Continuous are not common.

    EXERCISES AND RELATED TOPICS

  • Verb Tense Exercise 23 Simple Future and Future Continuous
  • Verb Tense Exercise 24 Simple Present, Simple Future, Present Continuous, and Future Continuous
  • Verb Tense Practice Test Cumulative Verb Tense Review
  • Verb Tense Final Test Cumulative Verb Tense Review

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