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?

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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
    Commented Aug 16, 2018 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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