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    Should or Shall I open the window?

    Hello, everyone.

    I think it should be Should I open the window. But my grammar book says that I am wrong.

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    Richard

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    Re: Should or Shall I open the window?

    Quote Originally Posted by cubezero3 View Post
    Hello, everyone.

    I think it should be Should I open the window? But my grammar book says that I am wrong.

    Many thanks

    Richard
    Your grammar book has no business telling you that you are wrong in saying "Should I open the window?" However, the answer would depend on what "it" is, in "I think it should be...." You think what should be? They are two different sentences.

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    Re: Should or Shall I open the window?

    Hi, Raymott.

    I thought about my question again and realized what I wanted to say was that Shall I open the window, as a sentence, doesn't seem to make sense. This sentence is a question that can't be answered. How can another person know whether I will open the window or not?

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    Re: Should or Shall I open the window?

    Quote Originally Posted by cubezero3 View Post
    Hi, Raymott.

    I thought about my question again and realized what I wanted to say was that Shall I open the window, as a sentence, doesn't seem to make sense. This sentence is a question that can't be answered. How can another person know whether I will open the window or not?
    I'm not an expert on 'shall/will'. I rarely use 'shall'. But there is nothing wrong with this sentence, at least in AusE. For practical purposes, it means the same as "Should I ..." You are asking the other person about the advisability of opening the window.

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    Re: Should or Shall I open the window?

    Shall I is an expression used in English to volunteer to do something. It's more or less like asking would you like me to open the window?

    In my humble opinion "should I" sounds a bit more tentative, as though asking for permission, almost.

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    Re: Should or Shall I open the window?

    Hedwig's explanation is how I would use them in BrE.

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