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Elementary - Modal verb 'Will'

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Monday, 08 June 2009

English grammar lesson on-line for elementary level students - An explanation of the use of the modal verb 'will' with audio explanation and printable exercises.

Will is a modal auxiliary verb. The forms of will are the same for all persons. The formation is: will + infinitive without to.

Positive and negative

I will ('ll)


help you.
invite Tim.



For the creation of the question form we invert the verb and the subject.

When will He/She/It help me?

Short Answers

No, I won't is not common because it's impolite.
A polite way to say 'no' is 'I'm afraid I can't'.


Will is used:

  • to express a future decision or intention made at the moment of speaking.
  • to express an offer or a promise.
  • to express a request.


Spontaneous intentions I'll give you my phone number.
"It's Jane birthday." "Is it? I'll buy her some flowers."
Offers I'll help you with your homework.
I'll carry your suitcase.
Promises I'll always love you.
I won't tell anyone.
Requests Will I open the window?
Will you answer the phone?


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