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    Let's go, shall we?

    The "shall we" tag is not very common in everyday speech, is it?

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    No, it isn't, is it?

    :wink:

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    No, it isn't, is it?

    :wink:
    To the best of your knowledge, is it common both in BE and AE? Incidentally, I feel quite comfortable with it. :D

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    It's common enough in British English. We use 'shall' quite a lot in questions.

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    How about this one:

    We shall talk, shan't we?

    I heard the tag occasionally a couple of years ago. Is it common these days, in your experience?

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    Definitely. What we don't use so much nowadays is the ordinary declarative 'I shall go', though it is used by many in more formal contexts.

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    Thank you. You're so helpful. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by petertsui
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    No, it isn't, is it?

    :wink:
    To the best of your knowledge, is it common both in BE and AE? Incidentally, I feel quite comfortable with it. :D
    I don't hear "shall" very much. It isn't used much in AE except in some fixed expressions such as Shall we dance? (Apparently, it is fairly common in BE.)

    :)

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    If I've asked an American a question with 'shall',they seem to answer with 'should'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    If I've asked an American a question with 'shall',they seem to answer with 'should'.
    • A: Shall we go?
      B: We should.


    Eh?


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