What is Will?

Will is modal (verb) 1. used to form the future The party will start soon. Will they be staying a long time? We won’t be able to come to tea. If you ask her to play the piano, she’ll say ‘no’. 2. used for emphasising The dog will keep eating the cat’s food. 3. used as a polite way of asking someone to do something Will everyone please sit down? Will someone close the curtains? (formal) Won’t you sit down? 4. used for showing that you are keen to do something Don’t call a taxi – I’ll take you home. The car will never start when we want it to. Don’t worry – I will do it. (NOTE: the negative: will not is usually written won’t . The past is: would, negative: would not, usually written wouldn’t. Note also that will is often shortened to ‘ll: he’ll = he will) (verb) to will someone to do something to want someone to do something, and suggest it by thinking it The crowd was willing her to win the match. (noun) 1. power of the mind and character She lost the will to live. to work with a will to work very earnestly and willingly with the best will in the world however much you want to do something Even with the best will in the world, I don’t see how we can finish it in time. 2. a wish against your will without your agreement He was forced to pay the money against his will. of your own free will willingly, without being forced He signed the document of his own free will. at will whenever you want to Visitors can wander around the gardens at will. 3. a legal document by which a person gives instructions to his or her executors as to what should happen to the property after he or she dies He wrote his will in 1984. According to her will, all her property is left to her children. Has she made a will yet? ?


source: Easier English, Student Dictionary Upper Intermediate Level