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Today we’re discussing the difference between Future Simple (I will do), Future Continuous (I will be doing) y Future Perfect (I will have done).
- which we use for sudden decisions or predictions based on our opinions;
- which tense is applied for actions at a certain moment in the future;
- which one should be used to say that something will have finished until a certain moment in the future.
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FUTURE SIMPLE, FUTURE CONTINUOUS, FUTURE PERFECT
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Today we’re talking about how to use Future Simple, Future Continuous and Future Perfect.
I remind you that Future Simple is used for spontaneous decisions and general predictions, based on our opinion and experience.
Now let’s study the following situation.
Your mother is making dinner. Half an hour from now it will be ready, and you WILL BE EATING it. Two hours from now you WILL HAVE FINISHED dinner. You will be eating (future continuous) = you will be in the middle of doing it at a definite moment.
This time next week I’ll be in Rome. I’ll be getting around the city sightseeing.
Compare Future Simple (will do) and Future Continuous (will be doing):
Don’t call me between 5 and 6 pm, we will be bathing our baby. I want to wait for my husband, and then we will bathe our baby together.
Now let’s compare Future Continuous with the other continuous forms:
- At 2 pm yesterday Jane was having lunch (past continuous).
- It’s 2 pm now, and Jane is having lunch (present continuous).
- Tomorrow at 2 pm Jane will be having lunch (future continuous).
We also use Future Continuous in a different way: to talk about continuous actions in the future. For example:
- Later in the programme, I’ll be talking to the director of the film.
- Our leading actor is ill and won’t be playing on Saturday.
In these examples will be Verb+ing is similar to (be) going to do…
Now let’s move on to Future Perfect (will have done). We use it to say that something will already be complete before time in the future.
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:
- We have been married for 22 years. (present perfect)
- Next year we will have been married for 23 years (future perfect).
- When our son was born, we had been married for six years. (past perfect).
Will be verb+ing = will be in the middle of (doing something):
This time next week I’ll be lying on a beach or swimming in the sea.
We also use will be verb+ing for future actions. E.g.: What time will you be leaving tomorrow?
We use will have (done) to say that something will already be complete before a certain time in the future. E.g.: I won’t be here at 10 tomorrow. I‘ll have already left.
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