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    What role does "will" play in the sentence below about medical? Thanks in advance.


    "Air will rise to whatever is the highest part of the abdomen."

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    I love the fact that your username is Arthur Schopenhauer and you're asking questions about 'Will'!

    (The use in your sentence is to show a natural tendency.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    I love the fact that your username is Arthur Schopenhauer and you're asking questions about 'Will'!

    (The use in your sentence is to show a natural tendency.)

    Thanks for your prompt response and "compliment", but this isn't what I need reply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur Schopenhauer View Post
    this isn't what I need reply.
    This isn't the response I needed.

    Jutfrank gave a helpful and accurate response to your question.

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    Re: Will

    Perhaps you didn't understand my little joke.

    The great philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer wrote his major work on explaining the world in terms of what he calls 'will' (Wille in German).

    My answer to your question is that the role that the verb will plays in your sentence is to show that it is a natural tendency for air to rise to the highest part of the abdomen.

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    Re: Will

    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur Schopenhauer View Post
    What role does "will" play in the sentence below about medical? Thanks in advance.


    "Air will rise to whatever is the highest part of the abdomen."
    Will is used to form the future tense in English. It is an integral part of the verb in the future tense. For example:

    Today am baking a cake.
    Yesterday I baked a cake.
    Tomorrow I will bake a cake.

    It has no meaning on its own in this case. It is part of a two-word VP, or verb phrase.

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    Re: Will

    Few grammarians today accept the existence of a future tense in English. There are many ways of expressing the future in English, including the present simple, present continuous, BE going to and, followed by a simple or progressive infinitive, will.


    Will, like all the modals, does have meaning. The most common meanings are certainty and volition.

    Will does not always imply futurity. Other modals can imply futurity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    Perhaps you didn't understand my little joke.

    The great philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer wrote his major work on explaining the world in terms of what he calls 'will' (Wille in German).

    My answer to your question is that the role that the verb will plays in your sentence is to show that it is a natural tendency for air to rise to the highest part of the abdomen.
    I've got it. It was strange that I didn't understand "Wille" despite it is my favorite Schopenhauer work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur Schopenhauer View Post
    despite it is my favorite Schopenhauer work.
    ...despite it being ... . Some would say despite its being ...
    ... despite the fact that it is...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur Schopenhauer View Post
    I've got it. It was strange that I didn't understand "Wille" despite it is my favorite Schopenhauer work.
    Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung (The World as Will and Representation) is one of my all-time favourite philosophical works, period. As a fan of Schopenhauer, you're probably also aware of Nietzsche's take on the concept of 'Will' as explained in his Der Wille Zur Macht (Will To Power).

    Interestingly, the English modal verb will is related to the English noun will, and comes from the same root as the German verb wollen, which, when conjugated, becomes 'will', as in:

    Ich will gehen.
    (= I want to go.)

    The above example shows evidence to me that the essence of the meaning of the English will is volition, even though it's not that simple. So, in your original sentence, I understand it that the air has a kind of natural, uncontrollable urge, or will to rise to the highest part of the abdomen.

    I hope that's not too confusing! I just thought that you, as a Schopenhauer reader, may appreciate a different way of explaining things.

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