English Grammar Course Unit 6: Will ( 1)

Why should you study this unit?

So let’s say, you are about to leave for work and the phone rings. You do have the time to talk to the caller and this won’t delay you. Just then you notice that your brother who is already on another call is walking towards the phone. What would you tell  him? You would most likely say, ‘I have the time. I will answer the phone.’

We use will  when we decide to do something at the time of speaking. You will come across such situations every single day. This unit will help you learn more about it.

    1. We use will (‘II) when we decide to do something at the time of speaking:
    • Oh, I left the door open. I’ll go and shut it.
       “What would you like to drink?” ”I’ll have some coffee, please.”
       “Did you call Ann?” “Oh no, I forgot. I’ll do it now.”
       I’m too tired to walk home. I think I’ll take a taxi.

    You cannot use the simple present (I do) in these sentences.

    • I’ll go and shut it. (Not I go and shut it)

    Do not use will to say what someone has already decided to do or arranged to do:

    • I can’t meet you tomorrow because my parents are coming to see me. (Not
      my parents will come)

    The negative of will is won’t (or will not):

    • Receptionist: I’m afraid Mr. Wood can’t see you until 4:00.
    • You: Oh, in that case Iwon’t

    We often use I think I’ll … or I don’t think I’ll … when we decide to do something:
     I think I’ll stay home this evening.
     I don’t think I’ll go out tonight. I’m too tired.

We often use will in these situations:

  • Offering to do something:

That bag looks heavy.I’ll help you with it. (not I help)

“I need some money.” “Don’t worry. I’ll lend you some.”

  • Agreeing or refusing to do something:

You know that book I lent you? Can I have it back?

Of course. I’ll bring it back this afternoon. (not I bring)

I’ve asked John to help me, but he won’t. 

The car won’t start. (= the car “refuses” to start)

  • Promising to do something:

Thank you for lending me the money.I’ll pay you back on Friday. (not I pay)

won’t tell Tom what you said. I promise.

I promise I’ll call you as soon as I arrive.

  • Asking someone to. do something (Will you… ?):

Will you shut the door, please?

Will you please be quiet? I’m trying to concentrate.

  1. For will see also Unit 7. For will and going to see Unit 8.

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