14. Future Continuous, Future Perfect,

14. Future Continuous, Future Perfect,

Tim and Raj try to be optimistic about the future.

Main Practice:  Future Continuous, Future Perfect,
Revision:             to get mad  -  what about...?

Future Continuous  -  will + be + ing
To describe action happening at a future time, i.e.
  • This time next week I'll be flying to Australia.
  • She'll be interviewing candidates for the job all tomorrow morning.

Future Perfect  -  will + have + past participle
The Future Perfect refers to an action that will be completed before a certain time in the future, i.e.

  • I'll have written all the reports by five o'clock.

- Shall we meet for coffee at midday?
- Yes, I'll have finished all my shopping by then. 

Oh, come on  -  here, this means: ‘You can't be serious...'  i.e.
- You can upload the files in fifteen minutes.
- Oh, come on, it's going to take at least an hour.

- I didn't think it was a good movie.

- Oh, come on, it was a brilliant movie. 

to get mad  -  (Informal)   become angry, i.e. 
  • She gets mad if people are late for a meeting.
  • *He got really mad when John gave him the wrong email address. 
*Also: He was really mad when.....

**mad about
  • He was mad about John giving him the wrong email address = angry.
  • He was mad about cars = he was very enthusiastic about cars

privacy  -  not being disturbed by other people; freedom from the attention of others, i.e.
  • Even celebrities deserve to have privacy.
  • Some people think that too many CCTV cameras on our streets is an attack on people's privacy.

(to) reckon  -  (Informal) to think, to calculate, i.e.
-  I reckon the government will call an election before the autumn.

- How big do you reckon the garden is?
- Oh, about three hundred square metres.

to screw up  -  (Informal)  to make a mistake; perform badly, i.e.
  • I screwed up the job interview: I was late and too tired to answer the questions well.

- How did your presentation go?
- Terrible. I really screwed it up. I was too nervous and my power-point wasn't good enough.

Tim and his friend, Ravi, are talking about the future and, eventually, try to be optimistic. 

Fill the gaps with ONLY the Future Continuous or the Future Perfect. 
* One answer is in the passive.

Remember: we usually 'contract' in speech, not I will - I'll   not we will - we'll

: My Dad keeps asking what my plans for the future are and then gets mad when I say I
            don't know. Do you know what you want to do, Tim?

Tim:  Not really, but I reckon (I - make) a decision before my next birthday.

Ravi:   Well, I know I don't want to work all my life. I want to (retire) by the time
             I'm forty.

Tim:   You will. They say that by 2050 robots (do) all our jobs and we can enjoy
             our lives of leisure.

Ravi:   You really believe that will happen, what about the other predictions?

Tim:   Such as?

Ravi:   That by 2050 coastal cities (vanish) underwater because of climate
             change. That there will be no privacy because computers and cameras will know
             everything we do and say. That robots (design) to be weapons
             of war.

Tim:   Well, maybe in twenty years (we - start) living on other planets so if
             the world is really screwed up I'll be on the first space ship out of here.

Ravi:    Oh, come on, if we've screwed up this planet what do you think we'll do to the next one
              we live on?

Tim:    Mmm…you may have a point. Well…let's try and be optimistic and hope the human
             race finds some wisdom and doesn't screw things up.

Ravi:   You're right. We're young, we have to be optimistic and try and make a positive


Complete each sentence with either the Future Continuous or Future Perfect. 

Remember:  contract the pronouns and verbs: I'll - she'll - they'll - we'll

1.  One week from now  (I - lie) on a beautiful beach in the South of France.

2.  By this evening (I - finish) the essay and sent it to my professor.

3.   (She - complete) her studies by the end of next year.

4.   Humans (live) on other planets within one hundred years.

5.     (I - mend) your car by Friday morning.

6.    You say (they - build) the bridge before the winter comes but I think  
        (they - still - build) it next spring.

7.    In ten years (we - all - use) home robots.