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  1. deeppra's Avatar
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    #1

    Lightbulb Should or Shall

    Dear all,

    Please make the difference clear between should and shall.
    Please see below sentences. Do they mean the same?

    1. We should go.
    2. We shall go.


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    #2

    Re: Should or Shall

    #2 has a definite intention to go; #1 implies the speaker thinks/knows that it is expected but has not decided finally to go.

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    Re: Should or Shall

    1) Can be used in normal circumstances to say that it would be a good idea to go, or there's some reason that you're supposed to go.

    2) "Shall" is a rarely used word because it expresses a really strong and formal intention. "We shall go" sounds like something the general of an army would say in a speech to his troops to tell them that they're going to war. In older times, people used "shall" in much the same way that we use "will" now, but for the most part I think you can get by in English quite well these days without using it.

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    #4

    Re: Should or Shall

    Isn't shall the imperative of should?

    Tom said I should go. = some advice
    Tom said I shall go (or else he will call the cops). = an order

    Cheers!

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    #5

    Re: Should or Shall

    Nightmare85,
    "Shall" isn't really used in that way.

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    #6

    Re: Should or Shall

    Quote Originally Posted by phrasemix View Post
    Nightmare85,
    "Shall" isn't really used in that way.
    No it isn't exactly, although in 19th century English (and earlier) "You shall go" was used as a command to go.

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