Future Continuous: Recognise

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Recognise: Future Continuous


Structures of the Future Continuous

Let's first have a look at the structure of the Future Continuous in terms of the various grammatical moods (indicative, interrogative, imperative) and in terms of polarity (positive and negative).

WILL + BE + -ING FORM (Prsent Participle)

Positive Structures
indicative I will be cooking.
indicative contracted He'll be sleeping.
interrogative Will she be studying?
imperative NOT APPLICABLE

Negative Structures
indicative They will not be coming.
indicative contracted (1) I'll not be talking.
indicative contracted (2) She won't be working.
interrogative Won't we be phoning?
interrogative contracted Will we not be leaving?
imperative NOT APPLICABLE

RECOGNISE: Future Continuous

If students would like a methodical approach to being sure that they know what tense they are looking at then I propose something like this (The "I.F. + A'Loop"):

The "IF and A'loop" Recognise Model

Use I.F. - To get Tense/Modal and to Convert to the Tense Infinitive

  1. INDICATIVE: convert to the indicative form
    • QUESTION: "Can you go?" => "You can go."
    • NEGATIVE: "They didn't travel." => "They travelled"
    • NB - The auxiliary 'DO DID etc' will disappear.
    • IMPERATIVE: "Run" => "You run."
  2. FIRST WORDS
    • First Word is the Person (1st 2nd 3rd, Singular or Plural)
    • Note and Remove
    • Second Word is the Tense or the Modal or start of a Special Structure?
    • MODAL: Note and Remove
    • SPECIAL STRUCTURE: Note and Remove
    • TENSE (Past or Present): Note and Convert to Bare infinitive
    • (eg HAD => HAVE, RAN =>RUN, WAS => BE, etc)

Let's use I.F. with the Future Continuous

She won't be playing.
Negative? Question? Click me! Negative.
Indicative Click me! She will be playing.
Person Click me! 3rd
Tense/Modal/Special Structure Click me! Will (Future)
Tense Infinitive Click me! BE PLAYING
Won't they be watching?
Negative? Question? Click me! Negative Question
Indicative Click me! They will be watching.
Person Click me! 3rd
Tense/Modal Click me! WILL (FUTURE)
Tense Infinitive Click me! BE WATCHING
Will she be waiting?
Negative? Question? Click me! Question
Indicative Click me! She will be waiting.
Person Click me! 3rd
Tense/Modal Click me! WILL (FUTURE)
Tense Infinitive Click me! BE WAITING

Many times it is possible to see the Infinitive Form of the tense quickly, next is the Auxiliary Loop (A'Loop).

The A'Loop to Find the Tense

  1. Is the FIRST WORD: the LAST word?
    • This is the verb!!!
  2. ...if not...

    The FIRST WORD is BE or HAVE!

    The second word is -ING or Past Participle!

  3. Is the FIRST WORD: HAVE followed by the past participle?
    • This is the PERFECT Aspect.
    • Note and Remove HAVE
    • Convert the past participle to INFINITIVE
    • Start A'Loop Again
  4. Is the FIRST WORD: BE followed by -ing?
    • This is the CONTINUOUS Aspect.
    • Note and Remove BE
    • Convert the -ING to INFINITIVE
    • Start A'Loop Again
  5. Is the FIRST WORD: BE followed by the past participle?
    • This is the PASSIVE Voice.
    • Note and Remove BE
    • Convert the past participle to INFINITIVE
    • Start A'Loop Again (Must be last word)
  6. Is the FIRST WORD: HAVE followed by the past participle?
    • This is the PERFECT Aspect.
    • Note and Remove HAVE
    • Convert the past participle to INFINITIVE
    • Start A'Loop Again

Let's use the A'Loop with the Present Perfect Continuous!

BE STUDYING
LAST WORD? HAVE + PP? BE + -ING? BE + PP?
= Verb = Perfect = Continuous = Passive
? NO ? NO ? YES ?
Convert -ING/PP to INFINITIVE -dont use if ended
Click me! STUDY
LAST WORD? HAVE + PP? BE + -ING? BE + PP?
= Verb = Perfect = Continuous = Passive
? YES ? ? ?
The Verb is TO STUDY

So let's practice this all!!

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Question


They would be eating around now.

VERB?
Tense/Modal/Structure
ASPECT(s)
VOICE


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Answer


To Eat
Would (Conditional)
Continuous
Active

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