The volition of the speaker in 'will'


"John will do it for you. The volition may be on the part of the speaker or of the subject of the verb. Only context will make this clear."


I have heard it from a teacher and I am still confused with what The volition may be on the part of the speaker means. When on earth the volition can be on the part of the speaker although the subject is not the speaker? What do you experts think? 

edited Jun 02 '14 at 13:33 Hans Contributor

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I can't read your teacher's mind, but I'll give it a shot. Perhaps he is thinking of situations where an assumption is made about John's willingness. The speaker might say John is willing, regardless of the truth.


Let's say John is my brother. Mom walks in the room and says, "I need someone to take out the trash for me." I reply, "John will do it for you." (Then I hurry out of the room before John objects.)

link comment answered Jun 02 '14 at 16:48 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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