Hello! Today's question for Ask a Teacher comes from Ademir in Brazil.
When can I use "will" with the same meaning of "want?" When are the two words interchangeable? Thanks. Dear Ademir, thank you for writing to us. It is easy to understand why you have this question. Merriam-Webster Learner's Dictionary uses "want" in one of the meanings it gives for "will," saying it means "to want or desire (something)." There are three different ways we use the verb "will." Let us look at those one by one. First, you should understand that we have a special kind of verb called a modal verb. These "helping" verbs include can, could, shall, should, ought to, will and would.