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    If you behave well from now on, you ( ) have a computer for your 18th birthday.
    A will B shall C can D must
    The given answer is B. I would have chosen A. We say 'I promise that you will have...', don't we? And 'you shall' sounds out-dated, doesn't it?
    Would native speakers have chosen A or B?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: will/shall

    Like you. I'd have chosen A, though (possibly) I'd have scanned through the rest of the paper and realized that the examiner was after answers that reflected out-dated prescriptions (in which case I'd have held my nose and chosen B! [If you 'hold your nose' while you do something, you do that thing although you know it's wrong; the image derives from the practice of getting a child to hold its nose while drinking unpleasant medicine.])

    The Fairy Godmother in Cinderella said 'You shall go to the ball', but we are in the real world now.


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