will / shall
Does 'will' and 'shall' have the same effect? Can they be used interchangeably?
Re: will / shall
I have asked the same question. There is so much grammar about shall and will. The best answer I found was shall should only be used in the question form, by the first person singular and first person plural, and all other occasions use will.
Originally Posted by dayash
It is probably overstating it to say that Americans don't use shall. (Proper Bostonians probably say shall.) Nevertheless, Tdol is substantially correct. For example, instead of "What shall I do?" an American would probably say "What should I do?" Similarly, in Tdol's example of an interaction between parent and child the American parent would probably say "Oh yes, you will" instead of "Oh yes, you shall".
("Shall" does survive in such expressions such as "Shall we dance?")
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