Exercise 1

Choose the correct forms of the future continuous and future perfect to complete the sentences.

1Don't phone between 7 and 8. We dinner then.

2Phone me after 8 o'clock. We dinner by then.

3Tomorrow afternoon we're going to play tennis from 3 o'clock until 4.30. So at 4 o'clock, we tennis.

4A: Can we meet tomorrow? B: Yes, but not in the afternoon. I .

5A: What time does the meeting finish? Will you be free at 11.30? B: Yes, the meeting by then.

6If you need to contact me, I at the Lion Hotel until Friday.

7Ben is on holiday and he is spending his money very quickly. If he continues like this, he all his money before the end of his holiday.

8Do you think you the same job in ten years' time?

9Lisa is from New Zealand. She is travelling around Europe at the moment. So far she has travelled about 1,000 miles. By the end of the trip, she more than 3,000 miles.

10A: Laura tomorrow? B: Yes, probably. Why?



Future continuous, future perfect – summary table

Future continuous, future perfect

Future continuous: form

Future continuous – form

Future continuous: use


Actions in progress in the future

We use the future continuous for situations or actions that will be in progress at a certain time in the future.

  • This time next week, we‘ll be travelling to Paris. 
  • Tomorrow at 10, you‘ll be doing your exam. 
  • When you get off the train, I‘ll be waiting on the platform. 
  • In two months’ time, we‘ll be lying on the beach and drinking a mojito. 


Future arrangements (=future continuous)

We use the future continuous instead of the present continuous for future events that have already been planned or decided.

  • We’ll be coming next weekend.
  • We’ll be leaving at 8 a.m. tomorrow.


Future continuous: signal words

As you can see in the examples above, we often use the future continuous with time expressions such as:

  • This time … (this time tomorrow, this time next week, etc.)
  • When …
  • At … (at 7 tomorrow, at midday next Monday, etc.)
  • In … (in 2 weeks, in 3 months, in 5 years, etc)
  • In …’ time (in 2 weeks’ time, in 3 months’ time, in 5 years time, etc)


Future perfect: form

Future perfect – form

Future perfect: use


Actions finished in the future

We use the future perfect for actions that will be finished before certain time in the future.

  • By 2050, researchers will have found a cure for cancer.
  • By this time next year, I’ll have graduated.
  • When you arrive tomorrow, we’ll have left.


Duration until some time in the future

We use the future perfect to talk about the duration of a situation until a certain time in the future.

  • By the time I leave, I will have been in England for 6 months.
  • In 2 years, we will have been married for 20 years.


Future perfect: signal words

As you can see in the examples above, we often use the future perfect with time expressions such as:

  • By … (by tomorrow, by next week, by the end of the year, etc.)
  • By this time … (by this time tomorrow, by this time next week, etc.)
  • In … (in 2 weeks, in 5 years, etc.)
  • When/Before …

By + time expression means ‘not later than’, ‘at’ or ‘before’ certain time.

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