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    Would like some advice on Modal Verbs e.g.shall,thx teachers

    Dear teachers,

    The modal verb..shall has two meanings as in:

    A) Shall becomes would when it refers to the future ( changing to reported speech)
    E.g.
    "I shall tell them everything" ( direct speech)
    I decided I would tell them everthing. ( reported speech)

    B) Shall becomes should when it is a suggestion ( when changing to reported speech)
    Shall we tell the manager?" ( direct)
    She suggested that they should tell the manager. ( reported)

    ***I am confused as in whether it only applies to the subject pronoun I and We.

    Can I apply the above usage to other subject pronouns such as he, she or they? E.g. "He shall lose weight."

    Please advise... thanks sooooo much, teachers

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    Re: Would like some advice on Modal Verbs e.g.shall,thx teac

    shall is used with 1st person pronouns 'I' and 'We':

    I shall
    You will
    S/he will
    It will

    We shall
    You will
    They will

    should is commonly replaced by 'would', especially in North American speech.

    I should / would
    You would
    S/he would
    It would

    We should / would
    You would
    They would

    All the best,

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    Re: Would like some advice on Modal Verbs e.g.shall,thx teac

    For the further usage of 'should', have a look at

    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/resu...rchword=should

    :)

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