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In these sentences:

In this programme, we’ll learn some related vocabulary.

In this programme, we’ll be learning some related vocabulary.

Which one is correct?

What about these two sentences:

It will rain tomorrow.

It will be raining tomorrow.

I know the definition of each one:

  • The simple future tense is a verb tense that is used when an action is expected to occur in the future and be completed.
  • The future continuous tense, is a verb tense that indicates that something will occur in the future and continue for an expected length of time.

I really can't decide when use which one, because I see both of them use interchangeably?

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You use them according to what you want to stress. If you simply want to convey an information in a neutral way, simple future is fine. If you want to stress that it is a continual process, or if you are thinking of a particular moment in the future, when that action will be going on, then you can use the future continuous.

Consider

In this programme, we’ll be [continuously] learning some related vocabulary.

It will be raining tomorrow [at the time Jim will come to take us to the farm].

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Simple future or future continuous

All the sentences are correct. However, the meaning changes slightly depending on whether the future continuous or simple tense is used.

  1. In this programme, we’ll learn some related vocabulary.
  2. In this programme, we’ll be learning some related vocabulary.

Both the sentences are correct. But using the future continuous (will be learning) is preferred, since it seems like we are more certain of the outcome. Present continuous tense can also be used, we are going to learn.

  1. It will rain tomorrow.
  1. It will be raining tomorrow.

In sentence 3 (will rain) , we are just guessing about the future.

In sentence 4 (will be raining) we are more certain (because maybe the weather department has forecasted or we have read in the newspaper.)

Present continuous tense can also be used to convey the same meaning. - it is going to rain.

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