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The modal verb WILL (WOULD)

In the modal verb will, just like shall, two forms that we use in the English language. This form of the present will, and the form of the past tense would. Both the first and second forms may operate as auxiliary verbs in the English language. Will combined with the infinitive is needed to form the simple future tense (Future Simple), and would at the same company for a future time in the past (Future-in-the -Past) and forms of the subjunctive mood. For example:

I will visit this museum when I come back to Kiev. — I’m going to the museum, when once again come to Kiev.

She told me you would invite friends to this cafe. — She said that you invite friends in a cafe.

I knew she would be asked at once. — I knew it immediately asked.

The modal verb will and the modal verb would have both similar and different situations of use, so let’s talk about each individually.

The modal verb WILL

The modal verb will is necessary in order to express:

  1. Desire, determination, purpose, promise, agreement.

    She will not tell me what is wrong. — She does not want to tell me what happened (which is not).

    They will help him. — They will help him. (promise)

    I will have my own way. — I’ll do differently. (commitment)

  2. Order.

    You will tell your parents that I wish to speak to them. — Tell the parents that I want to talk to them.

    Stop chattering, will you? — Do not talk, okay?

  3. Request, polite questions.

    Will you say it again? — Could say it again?

    Will you close the window? — Could you please close the window?

  4. Persistence, persistence, resistance to negative sentences.

    The door will not open. — The door does not open.

    The pen will not write. — Handle not write.

  5. Guess confidence (degree of probability greater than the modal verb should). To convert to use such words as «to be, apparently.»

    That will have been the manager. — It must have been a manager.

WOULD modal verb

We reread the uses of the modal verb and will note that paragraphs 1, 3, 5, apply to the modal verb would. This can be seen in the following examples:

He was poor and would do any work. — He was poor and had to settle for any job.

Would you tell me the time, please? — Please, tell me what time.

She would be reading a new book. — Apparently, she is reading a new book.

But the modal verb would have, and their specific values ​​that are unique to him. Among them we remember cases in which the modal verb would express:

  1. The stubborn unwillingness to make some action in the past (this works in negative sentences).

    She asked him twice to give up drinking, but he would not listen to her. — She has twice asked him to stop drinking, but he would not listen to her.

  2. Recurring habitual actions in the past. Therefore, in this case the modal verb is close in meaning to the known to us used to, which is used everywhere.

    He would always say hello. — It happened (once) greeted.

The modal verb will and the modal verb would are the latest in a series of articles dedicated to this section of English grammar. I hope you understand the material and difficulties in the process of studying will not arise.



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