How to Use the Future Progressive Tense (or Future Continuous Tense)
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We use the future progressive tense for:
A complete action in the future that will happen in the normal course of events.
- I'll be waiting when you arrive.
- At eight o'clock, I'll be eating dinner.
(see the past continuous which is used in a similiar way).
Because this tense talks about something that will happen if everything is as we planned, we often use this tense to ask politely about what someone is going to do:
- The Government will be making a statement later.
To make a guess about the present.
- Will you be taking your car to the meeting? (=I'm asking very indirectly and politely. Perhaps I want to get a lift).
- My mother will be working now (= I think she is working now, but I'm not completely certain).