A patient will usually listen to the doctor's advice and act on it. (Collins)

What is the difference of the sentence above from the one below? Thanks.

A patient usually listens to the doctor's advice and acts on it.
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A patient will usually listen to the doctor's advice and act on it. (Collins)

This sentence has the auxiliary "will." The verb or verbs that follow "will" are in their simple form; the have no "s," no "to," no "-ed," no "-ing."

The verbs "will" goes with both "listen" and "act." The sentence means that the patient will listen and the patient will act.
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What is the difference of the sentence above from the one below? Thanks.

A patient usually listens to the doctor's advice and acts on it.


"Listens" and "acts" are the verbs for their subject "patient." In this sentence, the patient listens and the patient acts.

Rachel
One of the used of will, Curious, is to talk about a tendency or characteristic that people or things have. In this usage, will works basically the same way that the simple present does.

Both sentences mean that a patient tends to listen to what a doctor says and then do what is recommended. In other words, most patients just follow their doctor's advice without questioning things.

Here are two more examples of using will to show a tendency or characteristic:

  • When two dogs that don't know each other meet for the first time, they sniff each other's hind quarters to see if one reacts nervously and can then be dominated by the other.

    When two dogs that don't know each other meet for the first time, they will sniff each other's hind quarters ...

  • Gold melts at 1,064.18 ˚C or 1,947.52 ˚F.

    Gold will melt at 1,064.18 ˚C or 1,947.52 ˚F.

    Richard
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