When and how to use will:
When we start learning English, we tend to think that WILL is only used for the future; but wait! There are many more ways:
Predictions- I think I’ll work late this evening; I’ve loads to finish up*.
Instant decisions- I’ll go with you! I’ll open the window. Will I start?
Promises- Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone.
Threats- If you don’t send the report, we won’t know the figures.
Offers- I’ll help you with your CV if you like.
Refusals- He won’t comply with the regulations!
Predictions about the future (uncertainty)
Fionnula: What do you think will happen next year in terms of the budget?
Liam: I reckon* we will have to wait and see as time will tell*.
Fionnula: I wonder if we will see a drop* in fuel prices in 2023?
Liam: I really do hope fuel process will drop in 2023.
Instant decisions (no previous planning)
Liam: I’m going to call a meeting* for next week to discuss next year’s strategy.
Fionnula: Perfect! I’ll send the invites.
Liam: Then I might head out* for lunch as it’s not as hectic* in the office as last week.
Fionnula: Oh lovely, I’ll go with you.
Fionnula: I’ve got so much on my plate* this month with the deadline.
Liam: Don’t stress too much about it I will help you out and we can finish everything together.
Fionnula: You’re a star!* Could you please call off* tomorrow’s meeting too?
Liam: Of course, I’ll do it straight away!* And then I will help you with your speech, I promise.
Liam: I’ve just got a mail from the head office and if we don’t send a promotion today, we won’t reach our customers by tomorrow.
Fionnula: I know I heard that too. We also need to catch up* with or team leader or we won’t get the go ahead*.
Liam: Well, if our team Leader doesn’t give us the go ahead, we will get the green light* from her boss instead.
Fionnula: Great idea! We need a plan C though if her boss won’t give us the green light.
Fionnula: Will I help you out* with the monthly close Liam?
Liam: Yes, if you don’t mind. I really need a hand*.
Fionnula: No worries. I will also sort out* the mess on your desk if you like?
Liam: Thanks so much Fionnula, what would I do without you?
Liam: I have just asked HR to take on* more staff, but they said they won’t.
Fionnula: What do you mean they won’t?!
Liam: They said they won’t take on more staff unless they get a bigger budget.
Fionnula: Well good luck with that! As they won’t give us a bigger budget.
Some Extra Grammar Explanations*
Finish up*- to finish the job/work for the day
I reckon*- I think
Time will tell* – we will see in the future.
A drop*- a decrease
Call a meeting* – organize a meeting
Head out*- go out
Hectic* – very busy
You’re a star*- an amazing person
Call off* - cancel
Straight away*- immediately
Catch up*- have a chat to update each other about things
Get the go ahead*- to receive permission to do something
The green light*- to receive permission to do something
Help out*- help
Need a hand*- need some help
Sort out*- organize
Take on*- hire