• John won't be driving to work any more after his arrest for being drunk at the wheel.

  • John won't drive to work any more after his arrest for being drunk at the wheel.

Do these sentences mean the same? Does the first mean that is a temporary situation that will last a long time? Does the second mean that he is not allowed to drive to work anymore?

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    #1 sounds more like a consequence while #2 sounds like a decision, but both could be read both ways. Both sound permanent.
    – Lawrence
    Commented Jun 25, 2017 at 13:21

1 Answer 1


As stated here:

The future continuous refers to an unfinished action or event that will be in progress at a time later than now.

I found a person who asked the same question as you here. He got a very good answer, from which I inspired mine.

The simple future gives you one information : the action will occur in the future.

The future progressive gives you the same information, AND it also tells you that the action will be in progress.

For example:

"Tomorrow at nine o'clock I will be watching TV, so don't call me."

This sentence tells you that the action of watching will be IN PROGRESS at nine o'clock.

So to conclude, I will quote the person who answered the question I linked:

If you simply want to state that the action will happen in the future, you can use the simple future.

If you would like to say that the action will happen, and you want to emphasize that it will be in progress at some time, you can use the future progressive tense.

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