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    Future continuous tense

    We shall not be late tomorrow.

    Which future tense is the above sentence. Is it "to be" sentence? I understand "be" is only used in future continuous tense. Please clarify

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    Re: Future continuous tense

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    1. We are late every day. (present simple)

    2. We were late every day last week. (past simple)

    3. We will / shall be late every day next week, too! (I removed the "not" for easier analysis.)

    a. "In traditional grammar, the shall/will future is sometimes called the simple future, but in more modern grammar this is analyzed as a complex verb phrase."

    i. A complex verb phrase is "any verb phrase (except a one-word one)."

    (a) Only my comment: So I believe that "will/shall be" is analyzed as the modal "will/shall" + the verb "be."


    -- Chalker and Weiner, The Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar (1994).

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    Re: Future continuous tense

    Quote Originally Posted by suniljain View Post
    We shall not be late tomorrow.
    This is not the continuous future tense. It's the simple future. A continuous tense requires a present participle (an -ing form of the verb).
    "We will be walking to school tomorrow."
    "I hope it won't be raining."

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    Re: Future continuous tense

    Parser, how can one word be a phrase?

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    Re: Future continuous tense

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Parser, how can one word be a phrase?


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    "In traditional analyses, a phrase must consist of more than one word, as in the everyday use of the term, but in contemporary grammars one, two, or more words that function in the same way are all phrases."

    --The Oxford Companion to the English Language (1992).
    Last edited by TheParser; 04-Jun-2015 at 12:10.

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    #6

    Re: Future continuous tense

    That defies logic.

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    Re: Future continuous tense

    Bazinga!

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