I see one of my friends posted this status:
"Halloween celebration @ MBC - One of the last shots I'll be taking here"
Anyone could explain why she uses "I'll be taking" but not "I will take"? any difference between these two uses
"Will be [verb]-ing is future continuous tense. It is used to describe a future, action that will occur over some period of time:
All day tomorrow I will be studying for the big exam.
As you know, it's often grammatical to substitute the simple future for the continuous, without changing the meaning:
All day tomorrow I will study for the big exam.
There is a slight difference in nuance, though. Any continuous tense describes ongoing action, as if you are watching it happen. For example:
Tomorrow the Packers will be facing the Patriots to determine who goes to the championship.
In the above sentence there is little difference between "will be facing" and "will face", but if a sports announcer were to say this sentence, the feeling is that we could be watching the game as it happens. There's a kind of dramatic immediacy when we use the future continuous.
(BTW the verb "to face" or "to face off", in sports, means "to compete against, face-to-face". See verb definition 3)
In the same way, your friend says "I'll be taking shots" because she expects you to be there, and possibly join her in taking the shots. She could have said "I will take" but that is more matter-of-fact, and doesn't include the suggestion of personal invitation.