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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    #1

    Shall

    What's the truth about 'shall' nowadays?


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    #2

    Re: Shall

    As one poster said, TDol frames great polls. They provide a background to some great discussions and though I'm certainly not trying to inhibit such things, there is a great book out that points us to the truth about how virtually every structure word/phrase is used in English.

    It's entitled,

    The Longman Grammar of Spoken and Written English by D. Biber et al.

    and a link to Amazon,

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_b/...+Grammar+Biber


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    #3

    Re: Shall

    I've pushed the wrong button. I'm sorry

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    #4

    Re: Shall

    Let me disabuse you of the belief that shall is used mainly in questions nowadays. Or in other words, I shall hereby.disabuse you of the belief that shall is used mainly in questions nowadays.

    b

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    #5

    Re: Shall

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Let me disabuse you of the belief that shall is used mainly in questions nowadays. Or in other words, I shall hereby.disabuse you of the belief that shall is used mainly in questions nowadays.

    b
    Shall we dance?
    Let's go, shall we?
    Shall I whip us up some lunch?

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    #6

    Re: Shall

    No, you shall not!

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    #7

    Re: Shall

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    No, you shall not!
    Shalln't I?

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    #8

    Re: Shall

    Isn't "should" more commonly used in AmE instead?

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    #9

    Re: Shall

    It's used less than in BrE.


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    #10

    Smile Re: Shall

    Yeah, I'm a native speaker and never really use shall, it's often considered to be posh and used by the pompous.

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