View Poll Results: ''___ I help you with that?'' ''Thank you very much.''

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  • Shall

    1,613 85.03%
  • Will

    194 10.23%
  • Either

    90 4.74%
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Thread: Shall or Will?

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    #41

    Re: Shall or Will?

    The use of "shall" is limited now in spoken English. It is not grammatically incorrect to use it, but its general use by native speakers has been dropped. Where as before you would hear "Shall I help you?" or "Shall we go to the cinema Saturday?", you will now hear "let me help you" or can I help you?", "let's go the cinema Saturday? or "how about going to the cinema Saturday". Dropping the regualr use of "shall" in English was discussed in Fowler's English Usage years ago, and yet some schools still insist on teaching its use. Using it in normal conversation sounds a little archaic


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    #42

    Re: Shall or Will?

    I love using shall, but admit that I seldom hear it used by others. I'd hate to see its use disappear entirely.

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    #43

    Re: Shall or Will?

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    Would I help you..."-- polite

    This isn't a polite form, Sheena, it's a conditional statement. We don't use 'would' in this form with 'I' unless we want to make the conditional statement I mentioned above.

    A: Help me, okay?

    B: Would I help you, hmmmmm, if you were to pay me I might.

    To make an equivalent polite question to "Could I help you?", we use,

    Would you like some help?

    Would you like me to help you?

    [probably some others]
    Hi Riverkid

    Yes, you are right
    My intention was to say : Would you like me to help you ? I made a mistake and I am sorry.
    Thank you for your intervention.

    Note : I changed my former username [sheena55ro] into this one.

    Regards


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    #44

    Re: Shall or Will?

    i think it should be shall


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    #45

    Question Re: Shall or Will?

    Dear Sir.
    Now i not clear when we use will and when we use shall?


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    #46

    Cool Re: Shall or Will?

    i think either is coming and suitable word for this sentence. but u plz inform the diferrence b/w these words


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    #47

    Re: Shall or Will?

    could we use "may I..." ?


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    #48

    Smile Re: Shall or Will?

    i think " Shall or Will " is not a matter.


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    #49

    Re: Shall or Will?

    i think we will use "shall"
    because it's a quistion


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    #50

    Re: Shall or Will?

    I think both shall or will are possible


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