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    dear teachers,

    this word "shall" confuses me all the time, would you help me to know,

    whats the difference of "shall" and "will/ should" ?
    in what kind of cases to use "shall" is better or more suitable? in what cases not?


    your help means a lot to me.. thank you...

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    Default Re: whats the difference of "shall" & "will", "should" ???

    Hi

    Use will when you are 100% certain about something; e.g., I will (definitely) study tonight.

    Use should when you want to express an obligation; e.g., I should (definitely) study tonight, but there's a good movie on TV, so maybe I won't study. I haven't decided yet.

    Shall isn't all that popular in AmE, so I don't know how to advise here. What I can do, though, is tell you that I use it in polite situations when I am speaking to someone who is older than I am or who is above me in status; e.g., Shall I do this for you?; Shall we go?


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    Default Re: whats the difference of "shall" & "will", "should" ???

    to Soup..

    This is a great site I happened to find today!
    Thank you for your prompt reply!

    Actually I know how to use "will/ should" well, but Im just not familiar with the word "shall", I seldom use it at all.

    As you said, it should be more appropriate to use in a situation that you want to show politeness to people. Now I seem to understand a bit.
    Coz my department manager always like to use it (in emails) in all cases, it makes me feel very awkward to read at first, now I see he is trying to please someone.


    PS: After reading some posts I noticed many learners here are from China -- Chinese's English is so to-be-improved..

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    Default Re: whats the difference of "shall" & "will", "should" ???

    One of the ways it was explained to me (shall/will) goes as follows:

    After checking all his available data, the weatherman said,"It will rain".
    GOD says, It SHALL rain"!

    There is a bit of pomposity using "shall" in AmE, unless it is used for emphasis.
    B.

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