View Poll Results: 'Shall' is mainly used in questions nowadays.

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  • I agree- American speaker

    95 14.57%
  • I agree- British speaker

    158 24.23%
  • I agree- Canadian speaker

    14 2.15%
  • I agree- non-native speaker

    143 21.93%
  • I disagree- American speaker

    33 5.06%
  • I disagree- British speaker

    39 5.98%
  • I disagree- Canadian speaker

    6 0.92%
  • I disagree- non-native speaker

    69 10.58%
  • I agree- other

    51 7.82%
  • I disagree- other

    44 6.75%
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Thread: Shall


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    #21

    Smile Re: Shall

    Despite my mother tongue is not english, I choose in disagreement.
    I've read statements with shall, but are strange to find.

    The word shall is found in formal writing I think

    People do not usually use shall in conversations, nowadays

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    #22

    Re: Shall

    As per one of my recent posts:

    I've been involved in writing many major international contracts in the past and use "shall ", "will" and "may", with very specific meanings, on a very regular basis - as Jose says, these are more formal situations.

    The guidelines we have used are:

    "shall" indicates that the Contractor shall (i.e. must) do X.

    "will" indicates what we, as the client will do (because it's what we always do in such circumstances),

    "may" indicates an option where the Contractor (or we) may do A or B depending on the circumstances at the time.

    PS We already know they "can", otherwise we wouldn't have awarded them the contract!

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    #23

    Re: Shall

    (1) I usually use "shall" as the future of "should". Meaning that "Shall" (present) <=> "should" (preterit)

    You shall do as I tell you.
    You should do as I tell you.

    Shall pressurizes 'you'. That's a obligation and even a threat.
    Should advises 'you'. You should do that because that's good for you.

    (2) Moreover, there's naturally a difference between "Shall" and "Will".

    Will is more "a will" ("a want") => I will do it... Because I want.
    Shall is more a strong intention and great pressure. => I shall do it... Because of something.

    Will => 'll => won't (will not)
    Shall => 'll => shan't (shall not).

    Shall is rarely used, and this, more and more for a long time.


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    #24

    Re: Shall

    As a middle-aged speaker of Irish/British English, I find nothing out of the ordinary with 'shall', but only in the following contexts:

    (1) in offers: Shall I make you a cup of tea?
    (2) in suggestions: Let's start, shall we?
    (3) in suggestions-cum-invitations: Shall we dance?
    (4) in contract speak, as Neillythere points out, with a technical meaning
    (5) very very rarely, stressed in strongly-felt obligation: You/He SHALL do it!

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    #25

    Re: Shall

    I was "schooled" as such:
    The weatherman says "it will rain".
    GOD says "it shall rain"!
    ......and to quote Mr. Brenner in "The King and I":
    " So it is written, so it SHALL be done!"

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    Re: Shall

    I was "schooled" as such:
    The weatherman says "it will rain".
    GOD says "it shall rain"!
    ......and to quote Mr. Brenner in "The King and I":
    " So it is written, so it SHALL be done!"


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    #27

    Re: Shall

    Today 'shall' is mostly used as a modal verb not as a tense auxilliary.

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    #28

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    hi Guys ,

    I have read your comments.

    for me, I haven`t think about the use of "shall" before, but from my knowledge and reading I think it is more formal althought it is still used nowadays by some person!

    I just hear it in the 18th century movies

    So please I need to know is it preferable to use it or not?



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    #29

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    I think all right minded person with good education and sophasticated grooming, do use shall. It is only those who are not cultured enough and are less educated and come from less educated background detest the use of 'shall' and term it pompous and call using those person using it as "hmmmm what they are, some Royalty".

    The teachers of English have got to improve their students by giving special attention about the usage of shall and should and also elaborate the difference between shall and should, and will and would. Atleast in India, teachers are good enough to do this and I am very very thankful to the right-thinking attitude of Indian teachers teaching English. I hope other parts of the world would follow the ideal example of Indian teachers. The Indian English writers are winning Booker prizes and it goes on to show the high standards of English prevelant in India.

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    #30

    Re: Shall

    Quote Originally Posted by SUDHKAMP View Post
    I think all right minded person with good education and sophasticated grooming, do use shall. It is only those who are not cultured enough and are less educated and come from less educated background detest the use of 'shall' and term it pompous and call using those person using it as "hmmmm what they are, some Royalty".

    The teachers of English have got to improve their students by giving special attention about the usage of shall and should and also elaborate the difference between shall and should, and will and would. Atleast in India, teachers are good enough to do this and I am very very thankful to the right-thinking attitude of Indian teachers teaching English. I hope other parts of the world would follow the ideal example of Indian teachers. The Indian English writers are winning Booker prizes and it goes on to show the high standards of English prevelant in India.
    Yes SUDH, some very good novels have come out of India, and many Indians have impeccable English.
    However, I wouldn't divide the English-speaking world into the right-minded and educated who use "shall" and the ignorami who hate and despise it. The vast majority of people who don't use "shall" have no feelings for it one way or the other - it's just not in their dialect. I don't think this makes them necessarily wrong-minded. There is no Commandment from on High saying "Thou shalt use Shall".

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