I don't remember any case that noun will is followed by preposition to. So I look it up in a number of dictionaries to no avail. Maybe I missed the definition that fits with it. I think noun will means the determination to do something, as the Collins English Dictionary says, but in this definition is will followed by preposition to as well as infinitive to?

Even the most respectable of all musical institutions, the symphony orchestra, carries inside its DNA the legacy of the hunt. The various instruments in the orchestra can be traced back to these primitive origins — their earliest forms were made either from the animal (horn, hide, gut, bone) or the weapons employed in bringing the animal under control (stick, bow). Are we wrong to hear this history in the music itself, in the formidable aggression and awe-inspiring assertiveness of those monumental symphonies that remain the core repertoire of the world’s leading orchestras? Listening to Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, Bruckner, Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, and other great composers, I can easily summon up images of bands of men embarking on the hunt, using sound as a source and symbol of dominance, an expression of the will to predatory power (although, with Shostakovich, it is sometimes hard to tell whether he is extending that tradition or merely satirizing it).

Music: A Subversive History

  • There are hundreds of written instances of the sequence his will to power in Google Books, and I'd guess few if any of them are using power as a verb (with to simply being the infinitive marker). So clearly the fact that you don't remember any case that noun will is followed by preposition to is more to do with what you've noticed and remembered, rather than what usages actually occur in English. What was the question? Mar 16, 2022 at 13:19
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    The will to power is a phrase that comes from the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche and means something like "the desire for mastery or domination." It's a translation of the German der Wille zur Macht, which may explain why the phrasing is unusual. You are unlikely to ever find "the will to noun" in any other phrasing.
    – stangdon
    Mar 16, 2022 at 13:21
  • Oh, sorry, now I remember I encountered 'the will to power,' which comes from Nietzsche. Pardon my poor memory. Thanks stangdon and FumbleFingers!
    – Sungry
    Mar 16, 2022 at 13:42


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