Use of ‘Will’ and ‘Would’

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Learn to Speak English Fluently-Use of ‘will’ and ‘would’

Learn to speak English fluently using TLP Spoken English Course. The course is designed to facilitate self-learning in an easy way. To know more read: How to Use the Course Content? In the previous unit you have learnt making Questions with ‘Can’ and ‘Could’  and in this unit you will learn the “Use of ‘will’ and ‘would’.

We use ‘will’ to talk about what we believe will happen in the future and it is used both in statements and in questions.

 Use of ‘will’

We use ‘Will‘–

  • To express a promise, we use ‘will’ with ‘I’ and ‘we’.

I will bring your book tomorrow.
I will help you.
We will pay your money on Monday.

  • To express determination, we use ‘will’ with ‘I’ and ‘we’.

I will learn to speak in English.
I will not give up.
We will achieve our goal.

  • To express threat, we use ‘will’ with ‘I and we’.

I will punish you.
I will cut your salary.
We will inform your parents.

  • To talk about what we believe will happen in the future, we use ‘will’ with ‘you’, ‘he’, ‘she’ and ‘it’.

He will come here by ten o’clock.
Anil will tell the truth.
You will get a first class.

  • To make a request we use ‘will’ with ‘you’.

Will you please open the window?
Will you come with me?
Will you get me some water?

Exercise: Write more sentences/questions using the examples which you can use in your day to day conversation on your own and practice orally.

Negative and Negative Contracted Forms of ‘will’ and ‘would’
Positive Form Negative Form Negative Contracted Form.
will will not won’t
would would not wouldn’t
Long and Short Forms of ‘will’ with ‘I’, ‘you’, ‘we’, ‘they’, ‘he’, ‘she’, and ‘it’
Positive Form Negative Form
Long Form Short Form Long Form Short Form
I will
You will
We will
They will
He will
She will
It will
I’ll
You’ll
We’ll
They’ll
He’ll
She’ll
——-
I will not
You will not
We will not
They will not
He will not
She will not
It will not
I won’t
You won’t
We won’t
They won’t
He won’t
She won’t
It won’t

Use of ‘would’

Would’ is the past tense of ‘will’ and it is used both in the present and the past. We use would

  • To talk about the past.

My grandfather would tell me many stories.
They would always fight with each other.
We would go to Tirupathi every year.

  • To express a wish in the present.

I would like to have some tea.
They would like to play a game.
She would prefer to wear bright dresses.

  • To make a polite request in the present.

Would you open the door?
Would you please explain it again?
Woudl you mind helping me push the car?
Would you like to eat something?

  • To talk about something that was possible but did not happen we use ‘would’ with ‘have’.

It is ten o’clock. He would have gone by now.
We would have bought a flat, if we had the money.
He would have passed, if he had worked hard.
Use of won’t and ‘wouldn’t

Won’t” and “wouldn’t” can be used to make negative statements.

I won’t come to college tomorrow.
He won’t tell the truth.
They won’t come for the party.
I wouldn’t play with my friends.
She wouldn’t cook in time.
They wouldn’t pay their loans.

Exercise: Write more sentences using the examples, which you can use in your day to day conversation on your own and practice orally.

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Check the meanings of the words in English Oxford Living Dictionaries