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4.3.2. Will and shall with the progressive form
The progressive form of "will" and "shall" express a durative act in the future. See the following examples.

a. When I come back home my son will be studying for the exam.
b. I will be having dinner in Kyoto at this time tomorrow.

(26b) means the next day in the same time s/he is eating. See the following figure of this form.


It is naturally equal to the far future time representation, but it can also be shown as follows.


The three points, S, M and E, are the same, but another time line is put on the future. It means the duration. This line is explained in detail in the chapter 6.

Now, this expresses not only the durative act but also the event as a matter of course. It is explained in the next section.

Time feeling

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