I will.

will, modal verb, I, subject. May modal verbs get discerned intransitive? May they get discerned intransitive, this may seem a complete sentence and not request an object?

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The full modal verbs (can/could, may/might, must, shall/should, will/would) never occur except with the bare infinitive of a lexical verb as complement.

The only circumstance in which I will could be a grammatically complete sentence is if the complement of will is implied by the preceding discourse:

"Will you see Jack tonight?" "I will [see Jack tonight]."

There is also a different verb, lexical will; the two are historically related, but unlike modal will, lexical will is conjugated regularly (He wills, He willed) in its finite forms and has regular non-finite forms (He has willed, He is willing, He wants to will). Lexical will is transitive, requiring an object.

  • I thank you. I may not get full in full modal verbs. I think I may get that I will ([full?] modal verb[?] may not get discerned a complete sentence. That there maybe seems two wills may seem new to me. I guess I thought will mostly like "choose", "choose to". I may not get lexical verbs. I do like this. There may seem different verbs, lexical(?), modal(?), dynamic(?), I may not get all of them and why there may seem different verbs. Mostly I do get I will may not get discerned a complete sentence. So I guess I think modal verb will like transitive. I thank you, StoneyB.
    – saySay
    May 30, 2015 at 3:00

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