Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 11 to 12 of 12

Thread: Generic "will".

  1. #11
    mykwyner is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Posts
    2,045
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Generic "will".

    Is there a semantic difference between that (...will kill..) and: "When food is scarce, the biggest chick kills and eats the smaller ones"?

  2. #12
    M56 Guest

    Default Re: Generic "will".

    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner
    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.

    -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>

    http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionar...ionary&va=will

    Definition
    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.

    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/defi...0608&dict=CALD

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12

Similar Threads

  1. "going to" or "will"
    By dodgerfan2002 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 06-Jan-2005, 00:45

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Hotchalk