Stephen and Ashlie decide to take a course on basic car maintenance. Anxious to get his hands dirty, Stephen learns a lesson the hard way.

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Intermediate: B1

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I'd like to learn surfing

Hello,
Ashlie says : " Why won't it start? ". The word "will" is not used here as a modal, I guess. So it doesn't indicate the future tense. I understand the sentence as : " the car doesn't want to start now". May I have an explanation?
Best regards.

Hello chris74500,

'Will' here is used as a modal verb - it is always a modal verb, other than in certain archaic usage.

The core meaning of 'will' is volition - choice or decision. The sentence you give is an example of anthropomorphism, which means the attribution of human characteristics to non-human things. The speaker is treating the car as a person who is refusing to do something, and so uses the modal verb 'will' to describe the situation.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I like this video Thanks

I'd like to learn how to drive.
No I am not good at fixing things when they stop working.

This video is really useful.

Hi,
I like this video :)
Btw, What song was played at 3:23??

hallo Huong Daisy,
if you want now any song , u can use schazam application in our Telephone .
simply open our song and schazem then you can now it.
Aymen

Hi Huing Daisy,

As far as I know the song was made specially for the video so I don't think it has a name!

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,
I am at the intermediate level and I want to know how to increase my level from B1 to B2.

If I listened to B2 videos I feel that I understand the whole thing and what they're talking about but there's difficult phrases and words that I don't know. so I couldn't understand the details. Could you please try to give me advice to improve my level. and How long does it take to go up from one level to another in your opinion?

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