How to form it: There are two variations for forming this tense. The meaning is the same or very similar for both variations.
- (will be) + (verb+ing). Example: We’ll be stopping in London on our way to Prague.
- (am/is/are) + (going to be) + (verb+ing). Example: We’re going to be throwing a surprise party for Lisa
THE BIG PICTURE:
Use this tense to:
- Describe a particular moment in the future:
Example: We will be playing soccer at 11AM tomorrow.
- Describe an action interrupted in the future:
When forming questions, use “shall” instead of “will” for (I/we) sentences.
I’ll be working in my garden when you arrive.
The students will be washing cars tomorrow until the sun goes down.
- Describe an action that will occur more than once in the future:
Describe parallel action in the future (note: in this case, put the verb in the first clause in the future continuous tense and the verb in the second clause in the present continuous tense):
- Jim will be returning to the physical therapist until he’s completely cured.
- Donna will be taking her heart medication for the rest of her life.
Describe an intention or plan in the future, especially when the timing is vague.
Example: We’re going to be organizing a surprise party for Betsy.
- We’ll be making the guest list for the wedding while you’re trying to find a caterer.
- After the party, Tracy will be washing the dishes while Mike is cleaning the floor.
NOTE: Do not use the future continuous tense with clauses that begin “before” “after” while,” “when,” “if” and “unless.” The verb in these clauses should be in the present tense. (Examples: When Bob calls, tell him I’m in the shower. While you’re in France, please pick up an Eiffel Tower souvenir for me).