13. Future 6: Future Scenes

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The Future, Final Notes 2: Future Continuous

The Future Continuous (will be 'verb'+ing / will be doing) is often used for:
DESCRIBING FUTURE SCENES

In the sentence:
"I'll be sleeping when you come home."
What is happening in this scene?

Simply that at the moment the speaker arrives home,
the other person is sleeping.

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The TENSE uses the ASPECT 'continuous'.
What does the CONTINUOUS ASPECT stress?

It stresses ACTIVITY rather than STATE.
Also TEMPORARY rather than PERMANENT.
HAPPENING rather than FINISHED.

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And WILL describes....

...WILL describes an ACTION with NO BEFORE.
Or rather IRRESPECTIVE of BEFORE.

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Why is the FUTURE CONTINUOUS used here?
"I'll be driving at 6, so don't call then."

It emphasises my activity at that moment,
and that I will not be able to answer your call!

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Why is the FUTURE CONTINUOUS used here?
"I'll be wearing my work clothes, so I'll need to go home and change."

Here the person is stressing a temporary situation, that can be changed subsequently.

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Why is the FUTURE CONTINUOUS used here?
"I'll be lying on the beach while you are working."

Here the speaker emphasizes what is happening in the very same moment. Emphasizing the activity.

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But it is worth remembering that WILL is not just about the FUTURE....
If I phone her LATER, she will be working and she'll be angry, but
if I phone her NOW, she will be watching TV and she'll be happy to talk.

WILL can also be about NOW, just without a BEFORE (BEFORE NOW).

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