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Language Tip: Future Progressive (Continuous) Tense

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The future progressive tense is created: be (in future) + verb with ing.

Positive sentence:
The train will be arriving soon.
She will be cooking dinner when her husband comes home.

Negative sentence:
We will not (won’t) be giving a performance in Chicago.
I will not (won’t) be eating dinner when my favorite program is on television.

Question:
What will she be doing at 10 a.m. tomorrow?
Will you be waiting for Sarah at the station when her train arrives?

USE:

• to express an action which will happen in a certain moment in the future.

By this time tomorrow I will be flying to Moscow.

• sometimes the future progressive tense may have a “softening” effect in comparison with future tense.

I will write this letter tomorrow.
I will be writing this letter tomorrow.

• in certain contexts the future progressive tense may be more polite in comparison with future tense.

Will you write it tomorrow?
Will you be writing it tomorrow?

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