“anyway” and the future continuous

We often use the future continuous to talk about events that are expected to happen as a matter of course or “anyway.”

Let’s clarify this point with a dialogue:

A: “We don’t have any salt left. Should I buy some on the way back home?”

B: “No, please don’t make a special journey.”

A: “It’s okay. I’ll be going to the store anyway.”

Here’s another example:

“Still” and the Future Continuous

We can combine still + future continuous, to talk about an action that is happening at the moment, and we think or guess that it will be continuing for some time:

If you notice in these examples, the tone is one of annoyance or frustration, as the action may be extending longer than expected or desired. 

to talk about a future action occurring at the same time

Some future actions coincide with other ones:


Notice that in time clauses, (those starting with when, as soon as, after, before, etc.) we cannot use future tenses. Instead, we use the simple present.

The future continuous to talk about the present

Did you know that our predictions can be about the present, but also extending into the future? Look at this example:

NOTE: In this last scenario, will can be replaced by other modal verbs such as could, may, or should with little difference in meaning. 

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