Various tech companies are helping people to fight against the coronavirus pandemic

Use of Modal Verbs 'Must' and 'Will'

Both verbs show certainty. “Will” expresses the future tense, whereas “Must” expresses necessity. So the voice of Must is much stronger than will.

Cisco plans to dedicate $225 million in cash and services to support various causes dedicated to combating the spread of the coronavirus and helping those affected.

“Cisco must, and will, do even more to help others respond to this global pandemic,” said Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins in a blog post published Sunday evening.

Affect vs Effect

“Affect” is a verb that means to have an effect on, whereas “Effect” is a noun that means a change which is a result or consequence of an action or other cause.

Amazon was among the earliest to respond, announcing on March 10 that it would create a $5 million grant to help small businesses in the Seattle area that were affected by the coronavirus.

Fight with or Against?

We need to look at the context and find the relationship between subject and object (Sometimes an object is missing)

  • She fought her friends (Object is her friends)
  • She fought with her friends (Object could be her friends or something else (e.g. food, money, etc.)
  • She fought against her friends (She fought in opposition to her friends)

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella described in a LinkedIn post on Saturday several ways his company was helping others who are fighting the coronavirus.

past progressive VS present perfect

Pass progressive (Was donating) describes the action that was happening in the past.

Present perfect (has donated) describes the action that has ended but not at a definite time in the present.

Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted on Saturday that his company was donating millions of masks for health professionals in the U.S. and Europe.

On Sunday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg followed suit, saying his social media company has donated our emergency reserve of 720,000 masks that we had bought in case the wildfires continued.

Cisco commits $225 million to battle coronavirus, leading tech’s fight against the pandemic By JONATHAN VANIAN.

March 22, 2020 8:00 PM EST

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