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Will or will be.

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default We normally use WILL to speak about the future. It is always combined with another verb.

WILL is classified as a modal verb like can, would, could, should.

It does not change in the third person (i.e. he, she, it) It is always combined with another verb in the base form (i.e. without ‘to’) We don’t use it with ‘Do’ in questions or negatives.

I will go to the party tonight. He will play soccer tomorrow. She will be happy with her exam results. They will take the bus to Jakarta next week.

We use WILL in the following circumstances:

  1. For things that we decide to do now.

I’ll call a taxi for you. I think we’ll go right now. (I just decided this right now)

  1. When we think or believe something about the future.

The President will not be re-elected at the next election. I think it will rain later so take an umbrella with you.

  1. To make an offer, a promise or a threat.

You look tired. I’ll finish the housework for you. If you say anything I will hit you! I will have it ready by this evening. I’ll drive you to work if you want.

Negative Sentences with WILL

In the negative, we add NOT to the end of WILL and not to the main verb.

Examples:

I will not be in the office tomorrow. Correct I will be not in the office tomorrow. Incorrect They will not stay here. Correct They will stay not here. Incorrect

WILL as a question:

Will they come? Will they have arrived by now? Will the work be finished soon?