Talking about Willingness
In every language, there are ways to express your feelings. Let us learn how to express willingness in English.
How to Talk about Willingness?
There are different ways to talk about willingness in English. Here is a list in which you can find the verbs and modal verbs that are used to talk about willingness.
Follow the article to learn how to make sentences with these verbs.
To talk about your willingness and unwillingness you can use the modal verb would. When we are unwilling to do something we use the negative form of these modal verbs. In this case, all we have to do is to add the term not to the modal verb would.
Remember, 'would' is used in the past tense to refer to a past period of time. Using 'would' to refer to your desires in the past tense is polite as well.
Using will to talk about willingness is not the most common way, because the modal verb will is mostly used to talk about future plans though it can also refer to things you tend to do in the future.
When it comes to expressing willingness the modal verb 'will' is mostly used with the subjective pronoun 'I.'
To Be Willing to Do Something
There is an expression to indicate your desires in English. That would be called 'to be willing to do something'. Check out the examples for more clarification.
Will as a Main Verb
'Would like' is an expression to show you like something or you are willing to do it. So you have to be capable of diagnosing the tense of sentences with the modal 'would'. They may include the past modal verb 'would', but the meaning is in the present tense.
'Want' (Main Verb)
We can use the main verb 'want' to indicate we are eager or willing to do something. As you know, after the main verb want we should have an infinitive with 'to'.
We can use the verb 'will' as a modal verb or also as a main verb to talk about willingness. Check out the table below.
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