If you’ve ever asked someone to do something for you, you’ve probably met various responses each time. Someone could say a simple “okay” or “sure,” but there’s one response that has become more common over time that seems to be one of the most used sayings of them all. “Will do” seems to be the new “okay,” but what exactly does it mean, and how are you supposed to use it in a sentence?
Thankfully, it’s not that difficult to wrap your head around it. After this, you should have a decent understanding of how to use it best. What’s interesting is that most people have different opinions on the phrase and will take it differently, so you’re going to have to know your audience before you try using it yourself.
What Does “Will Do” Mean?
“Will do” means that a task will be done when asked of someone. It is usually given as an actionable response to a task or question that someone gives. For example, if a parent asks you to clean the kitchen or vacuum the carpet, a valid response could be “will do.” It doesn’t set up a specific time frame for completing the task but is a great way to let them know that you have every intention of getting it done.
The reason “will do” seems to be more common now than it used to be is mostly because of media. It’s a phrase that seems to come from television, movies, and online streaming services (though it can’t be attributed to one in particular). It’s more jovial and kind than just saying “I’ll do it” and lets the person you’re talking to know that you regard them in a friendly manner.
The general trend of conversation over recent years seems to sway more towards personal and informal chatter, which is probably another reason for “will do” taking off in the way that it did. Now, most people will respond with “will do” at some point in their days (provided they’re asked to complete something, that is). It’s just a more comforting phrase that a lot of people have come to expect.
To make it even more useful, the fact that it doesn’t give a direct time frame helps most people use it. For example, if you say something like “I’ll get right on it,” that usually means you intend to do it right that second. However, with “will do,” you’re simply telling them that you are going to do it. You’re just not going to do it right now or even at a specified time. They need to trust that you will get it done. It sets up a trusting relationship in this way, which is why it’s good for family and friends.
5 Examples Of How To Use “Will Do” In A Sentence
You’ll actually hear it quite a lot and have probably already heard it today, which might have led you to search for this very article. There are a few good examples of how to use “will do” in a sentence. You will find “will do” is used in most aspects of life, from education to home life to general business management. However, it’s not considered a formal tone, so it is often avoided at the highest stages of business and enterprise.
Let’s take a look at a few examples and talk you through them as we go.
Mom: “Can you get the dishes done for me, please?”
Son: “Will do.”
This is the most basic way to use “will do” in a sentence or conversation. It lets the mom know that the son intends to do the dishes. There isn’t much urgency to it as she’s only asking him politely.
Boss: “Can you get round to those documents I assigned you?”
Employee: “Will do.”
Again, you’ll want to be familiar and comfortable with your boss if you’re planning on using “will do” in front of them. Some bosses don’t like the non-committal element of the phrase, so pay attention to that.
Friend: “Can you arrive tonight at 6 pm?”
You: “Will do.”
This one is a little different, as you’re technically meeting a time frame that you otherwise wouldn’t with the typical “will do” response. However, it’s said to a friend and uses that informal and friendly tone to let them know you’re happy to arrive at the time they stated.
Mom: “I need you to pop to the shops when you get a chance.”
Son: “Will do.”
Another interaction with family, but this one is in response to a statement and not a question. It’s just another way to answer someone with “will do.”
Sergeant: “I need you to iron your uniform ready for tomorrow.”
Recruit: “Will do.”
A sign of respect in the military and letting the Sergeant know that you intend on getting your uniform ironed. It’s actually quite a popular phrase in the army.
Alternatives To Saying “Will Do”
There are many alternatives to saying “will do” that won’t all be covered here. Generally, any response to a question that lets the questioner know you’re going to do a task is a good alternative to the saying. For example:
The first alternative and another informal way of saying you will do something. However, this one is more non-committal than “will do” and can often sound uninterested.
- “can do”
Very similar to “will do,” but implying that you “can” do it, rather than you “will” do it. Sometimes it can be seen as getting out of doing a task or not being happy about doing it. Be careful who you use this with.
A committed alternative to saying “will do.” With “absolutely,” you’re ensuring the utmost confidence that you will get the task done, and you usually intend on doing it quickly when you say it.
- “happy to”
Another nice way of saying “will do” that shows that you’re keen to do the task required of you. It helps the asker know that you’re “happy to help,” as that is what the phrase is short for anyway.