Unit 6. Will. Part one.

We use will (‘ll) 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 I won’t wait.

    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:

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

  • B: 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)

  • I 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.
  • For will see also Unit 7. For will and going to see Unit 8.

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