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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    unfixed is offline Newbie
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    Re: Shall

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Shalln't I?
    Shalln't or shan't?

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    Re: Shall

    Shan't

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    Re: Shall

    I should think any person using shall today to be putting on pretentions.
    I am an 'other' in that I speak Australian and I have not heard 'shall' uttered since I was a child at a Roman Catholic School.

    .,,

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    Re: Shall

    I think "Shall" might be used in the poetic way. I might be worng. I think about a bible quotation:"Ask and you shall recieve".

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    Re: Shall

    Compared with shall..i prefer to use will instead...
    Shall she go with us..?
    Will she go with us...?
    Both are ok..right?

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    Re: Shall

    This what i think, "shall" is used in the 18th centuray. Manily the Birtish. As the year passes our life style changes. The "shall" is used in the movie, when the actor is in the romanctic situation.

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    Re: Shall

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    What's the truth about 'shall' nowadays?

    The traditional rule, often stated in grammars and usage books, is that to express a simple future tense shall is used after I and we (I shall leave promptly at noon) and will in other cases, i.e., the second and third persons (Will you leave at noon?They will leave at noon). To express intention, command, or wish their roles are reversed: I will do this right or die trying.Passengers shall present two photo IDs prior to ticketing. It is unlikely that this rule has ever been regularly observed, however, and many examples in the printed works of the best writers contradict it. Though will and, occasionally, shall are used as auxiliary verbs referring to a future action or state, other ways of expressing this are often preferred as more natural, for example, am going to. When shall and will are used in conversation, they are normally contracted to 'll, so that the difference between the two words becomes irrelevant. In all parts of the English-speaking world other than England, shall has been more or less replaced by will. It survives mostly in usages such as Shall we go? and the contracted negative form shan't, but this is rarely if ever used in modern-day U.S. English. In U.S. English, shall is still sometimes used in official and quasi-legal contexts such as These precincts shall recount the votes as per the state election regulations (a command), but this sounds old-fashioned. Shall is also a part of well-established expressions in U.S. English such as We shall overcome.Microsoft® Encarta® 2006. © 1993-2005 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

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    Re: Shall

    Sorry, I didn't pay attention to 'mainly', that's why I went for 'agree-others'. Nowadays, as far as I know. it is used in suggestions and in legal documents. I think it is also used in technical instructions but I'm not sure about this bit.

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    Re: Shall

    Quote Originally Posted by Gёггч View Post
    Compared with shall..i prefer to use will instead...
    Shall she go with us..?
    Will she go with us...?
    Both are ok..right?
    'shall' is used with the first person either singular or plural, i.e. with 'I' and 'we' only

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    Re: Shall

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    What's the truth about 'shall' nowadays?
    What's your opinion Tdol?
    PS
    When poll results are displayed at my screen, I see roughly half of the voters.. Shouldn't be all voters shown to the public? Or is it just something with my PC that it doesn't work properly..?
    Regards,
    Seba

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