It’s 3P.M. I have get off my car and on entering our house I see my wife Jane and ask her: Where are the kids? She answers: They will be playing football the whole afternoon. From her answer I’m drawing the following inference. The kids are playing football now, and that they will be playing football till the end of the afternoon.
Can one use future progressive
(continuous) tense to express
future action commenced before
the moment of utterance of the
If not, the cumbersome construction
must be used
She answers: They are playing football [now]. And They will be playing football the whole afternoon.