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Would be obliged if someone could clarify whether the following is in the Future Continuous tense.

The Earth will be three degrees hotter by the year 2050.

It seems so but I need to be absolutely certain.

If it is the case, what rule would I use to describe the tense? So for Future Perfect I could say "The Future Perfect links a time in the future with a time before that". I'm looking for something along those lines if possible.

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I thought Future Continuous needed a verb: '... will be <verb>ing ...'. 'Tomorrow night I will be attending a Michael Bolton concert.' – Snubian Jun 19 '13 at 22:23
There are plenty of contexts where Future Continuous can validly be used with the verb to be, but I don't think "The Earth will be being three degrees hotter by the year 2050". could be considered one of them. But there's nothing wrong with The next time we see them together, she will be being led in public penance through the streets on her way to imprisonment. – FumbleFingers Jun 20 '13 at 0:57
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The verb (to be) in your sentence is in Simple Future (also known as Future Indefinite) tense. Some grammarians will argue that English does not have a future tense at all, but if we stick to the traditional EFL classification, will+infinitive means Simple Future. Future continuous is will+be+ing, as in

I will be sitting on this couch the whole day tomorrow.

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Thanks, makes sense. – Larry B Jun 19 '13 at 22:44

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