Is there a semantic difference between that (...will kill..) and: "When food is scarce, the biggest chick kills and eats the smaller ones"?
Yes, the "will" emphasises generic quality, persistence or habit.Originally Posted by mykwyner
-used to express determination, insistence, persistence, or willfulness <I have made up my mind to go and go I will> b -- used to express inevitability <accidents will happen>
used to express frequent, customary, or habitual action or natural tendency or disposition <will get angry over nothing> <will work one day and loaf the next>
will (ALWAYS) [Show phonetics]
modal verb (ALSO 'll)
used when referring to something that always or usually happens:
Accidents will happen.
Fruit will keep longer in the fridge.
The product with the better-known brand name will always sell better.
She's 85 now, but she will insist on doing all her own housework.