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    Default Will: expresses volition

    I will like to thank you. (Incorrect)
    'will' expresses volition: an action is required. The word 'like' is not an action, so it's not compatible with 'will'.
    How come 'like' is not an action? 'Like' is a verb right? Aren't verbs actions? How do I know what's an action and what's not?

    Is 'believe' an action?
    What do these mean?
    1. Would you believe it?
    2. Will you believe it?

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    Default Re: Will: expresses volition

    Verbs can be actions or states:

    I am stupid.

    This isn't an action; it sdescribes the way I am over time. 'I like coffee' doesn't describe an action, but how I feel about coffeee- drinking is the action.

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