MODAL: WHAT GENERALLY HAPPENS
1.1 △You use will to indicate that an action usually happens in the particular way mentioned. [COBUILD]
1.2 △used to say what always happens in a particular situation or what is generally true.[LDOCE]
1.3 △used for stating what is generally true.[OALD]
- The thicker the material, the less susceptible the garment will be to wet conditions.
- There's no snake known that will habitually attack human beings unless threatened with its life.
- Oil will float on water.
- Accidents will happen.
- If it's made of wood it will float. [cf. 2.1 below]
- Engines won't run without lubricants.
2.1 △You use will in the main clause of some ‘if’ and ‘unless’ sentences to indicate something that you consider to be fairly likely to happen.[COBUILD]
2.2 △used for stating what you think is probably true.[OALD]
- If you overcook the pancakes they will be difficult to roll.
- That'll be the doctor now.
- You'll have had dinner already, I suppose.
3.1 △You use will to say that a person or thing is able to do something in the future. [COBUILD]
3.2 △used like 'can' to show what is possible.[LDOCE]
3.3 △used for stating what is true or possible in a particular case. [OALD]
- How the country will defend itself in the future has become increasingly important...
- How will I recognize you?
- This car will hold five people comfortably.
- This jar will hold a pint.
- The door won't open!