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The Proper Usage of 'Will' in English Conversations - Learn English Language

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In this lesson, we will study how to use ‘will’ properly.

Explanation

Marc: In English, ‘will’ is often used to express future and certainty. For example:

Luke: The Sun will shine tomorrow.

Marc: Luke knows that the Sun rises every morning. He has used “will” to express how certain he is about that.

Luke: I think Harry will arrive in Paris at 6 p.m.

Marc: In this example, Luke is talking about a person who will get to Paris in the future. That is why ‘will’ has been used.

Luke: I’ll have a word with you in a moment.

Marc: In this example, Luke is asking someone to wait for an action that will take place in the future. We usually use the contracted forms when we speak.

Luke: year she'll be 42. Or so she says.

Marc: In this example, Luke is clearly referring to the future too.

Luke: Will you accompany me to the backyard?

Marc: Here, Luke is making a request or inviting someone to go with him to the backyard.

Luke: I will never forget you.

Marc: This is a promise. We use ‘will’ to express promises.

Luke: I will have you fired if you insist on doing this.

Marc: And this is a threat. ‘Will’ is also used for threats.

Now let’s see a sample conversation.

Conversation

Marc: It’ll rain tomorrow so no beach for you, Luke.

Luke: How can you be so sure?

Marc: I checked the weather forecast. Will you join me at the movies instead?

Luke: In that case I’ll be glad to join you.

Marc: That’s great. When will you leave work?

Luke: I’ll leave the office at 6. I’ll pick you up at 7.

Marc: I’ll be ready.


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