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    Default question about the use of will and shall at the future tense

    hello

    when i was young i was taught to use shall at the future tense with I and We.
    My son is now leraning English at school and the teacher told him "shall" was not used at all?
    What can you tell me about it, because I feel like using will is not very
    logical.

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    Default Re: question about the use of will and shall at the future t

    Quote Originally Posted by tlopez1
    hello

    when i was young i was taught to use shall at the future tense with I and We.
    My son is now leraning English at school and the teacher told him "shall" was not used at all?
    What can you tell me about it, because I feel like using will is not very
    logical.
    In American English, the distinction between "will" and "shall" for future/volition has just about faded away. "Will" is used far more commonly than "shall" in all persons. We still do use "shall" in some questions and sometimes as a replacement for "will". :)

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    Fewer people use it in British English than before. It's still used in questions (asking for advice, offering help and making suggestions). Other than that it is mainly found in more formal contexts.

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    Exclamation Re: question about the use of will and shall at the future tense

    No wonder I see so many grammar errors these days. "No future" tense, using only "will" to indicate future tense, no difference between will and shall .... what has the world come to?

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    Do people distinguish will and shall at all now?
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    Is it fair to write that adding the word "will" to the basic form of a regular or irregular verb (e.g. lie, sit, laugh) forms a simple future tense?

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    Default Re: question about the use of will and shall at the future tense

    Just out of curiosity, what do you suggest the simple future looks like?

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