Tell me please if I used the word will correctly in the following dialogue.

Person 1: Can I turn off the music?

Person 2: Sure, but why?

Personv1: That is not my will. The old man doesn't like it.

I feel this use of the word will might be correct, but too formal. If I am right, what is the informal way to say it?


No, your usage is not idiomatic. Although it's correct, it sounds theatrical or as if it comes from some classical text.

To say: It's my will has an old-fashioned ring. Nowadays people would say: It's what I want/desire/would like or similar.

So, the popular choices might be:

It's not what I want/desire


I don't want it off; it's the old man...


It's not I/me that wants it off; it's the old man...

(The use of I is more correct; the use of me is more popular)

The expression my will is more often reserved for the formal legal testament declaring how an estate will be divided after a person's death.

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    If you want a noun, I'd say That is not my preference. This may be a BrE usage.
    – Colin Fine
    Aug 16 '18 at 16:33

That is not idiomatic English. Today you'd say:

It's not my wish.

It's not what I want.

It's not me wanting it.

It's not me that wants it.

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