Basic English Grammar
Tanggal Terbit: March 26, 2010


KEY: Future progressive tense is used when we would like to express something will be in progress at a time in the future. This tense can be only used when there is a statement preceding the tense or after.

Study this following illustration!

From the illustration above, we can see that what will happen in the future is discussed right now (point of speaking) and predicted will be done in the future.

Point of speaking :

1.Shinta will be back home at 10.00 p.m.
2.Shinta will do her assignment at her office from 8.00 to 9.30 p.m.
3.Andi will come to her home at 9.00 p.m

Then, Shinta says to andi :

"I will be doing my assignment at my office. So, don't come to my home at 9.00 p.m!"

The sentence /I will be doing my assignment at my office/ is the future progressive tense which describes what She will be doing around 8 to 9.30 at that night.

When there's a phone call from Andi around 9.00 p.m, shinta will reply by using Present Progressive tense.

For example:

Andi : When will you back home, shinta?
Shinta : I'm typing now. I'll be back home at ten o'clock.

Formula :

(+) Subject + Will/Shall + Present Participle
(-) Subject + Will/Shall + Not + Present Participle
(?) Will/Shall + Subject + Present Participle ?

Do you still remember about Nominal & Verbal Pattern. Future progressive tense has the same Nominal pattern as Simple Future Tense.

We can also use "be going to" to substitute "Will or shall"

For example:

I will be studying at school.
I am going to be studying at school.


Simple future and Future progressive tense, sometimes, has the same meaning when they both describes an event that will happen in unknown time (Indefinite time). This is commonly expressed by using an indefinite adverb, e.g. soon, immediately, early, as soon as possible, perhaps, etc.

For example:

1. I'll go home soon.
2. I'll be going home soon.

Both sentences are in different tense but the same usage and meaning.

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