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English Grammar

Will

Will is a modal auxiliary verb. It is followed by an infinitive without to. There is no –s in the third person singular.

  • She will come. (NOT She wills come.)
  • I will do it.

Questions and negatives are made without do.

  • Will you come with me? (NOT Do you will …)
  • I will not let him go.

Uses

To express simple futurity

Will is used to talk about future events that you are certain about or things that are planned.

  • Ann will be 10 years old next month.
  • There will be trouble if he catches you stealing his flowers.
  • The train leaves at 9:30, so we will be home by lunchtime.
To talk about willingness

Will shows determination or willingness on the part of the speaker.

  • I will come with you.
  • There is the doorbell. I will go.
  • We will not surrender.

Will can also express a promise or a threat.

  • I will do whatever I can to help you.
  • I will teach him a lesson.
  • We will dismiss you from service.
To ask someone to do something

Will can be used to ask someone to do something.

  • Ask John if he will help.
  • Will you lend me some money?
  • Will you give the book to John when you meet him?
To make requests and offers

Will can be used as a polite way of inviting someone to do something or of offering someone something. Note that would is a more polite form of will.

  • Will you join us for a drink?
  • Will you send me the report?

Won’t you is used to make a pressing offer.

  • You will have some coffee, won't you?
To give orders

Will can be used in orders.

  • Will you be quiet?
  • If you don't behave, you will go straight to bed.
To talk about possibility

Will can show possibility.

  • ‘There is the doorbell.’ ‘That will be Sita.’

Sections In This Article
Modal Auxiliary Verbs
Can
May and Can: differences
Could
May
Might
Will
Would
Shall
Should
Should: other uses
Must
Must: uses
Must and have to: The Difference
Ought to
Need
Had better
Should, Ought and Must: The difference

See also
Primary auxiliaries
Verbs

 

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