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    sheena55ro Guest

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    Shall I help you..? I offer my help to someone

    Would I help you..."-- polite

    Could I help you..? -- very polite.



    All the best ,

  2. #32
    sheena55ro Guest

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    Quote Originally Posted by saleemabu
    dear friends,
    There is a slight difference between " offers" , 'requests' and advice.
    In this case , it's suitable to use shall with the pronoun " I " better than
    will .Do you agree on this? With best wishes.
    saleemabu
    Agree !
    In this situation we better use shall - Shall I help you ?[I offer my help]

    I will do that - willingness-

    I shall do that - obligation; duty
    e.g.

    Mother : Will you help me with the dishes?
    I ; Yes, I will .[ I do it with pleasure]
    : Yes, I shall [no pleasure, I`ll do it because mother asks me]


    Shall I help you ?- - I offer my help
    Could I help you? - more polite
    Would I help you? - polite

    Regards,
    Last edited by sheena55ro; 11-Jul-2006 at 19:36.

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    we can use both of them

    but if we follow the rule, we shall use shall, cuz shall come with I and WE.
    but shall it had been demolished by the speakers, and they usually use will with all subjects instead of shall.

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    'Shall' is most commonly used in BrE questions nowadays- the I/we shall is mostly found in formal language.

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    Shall is used for subject " I and we"

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    I'd say 'can be used for I and we'- that usage is very uncommon in American English and not that widely used in british English any more.

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    I think 'shall' sounds better and is more likely to be used than 'will' in this case.

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    i think we can say we will shall return ?

    who can answer me its right or no ?

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    hello

    are you england?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sheena55ro View Post
    Shall I help you..? I offer my help to someone

    Would I help you..."-- polite

    Could I help you..? -- very polite.


    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]

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