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    Post Shall I...?

    Dear teachers,

    (Nick is Mrs Bill's son)
    Nick : Shall I do the shopping today, Mum?
    Mrs Bill : Yes, please.

    Would you please tell me if it is appropriate to interpret the question 'Shall I do the shopping today?' as 'Is it all right if I do the shopping today?'? Or could you please tell me the best way to interpret it?

    Thank you!

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    Re: Shall I...?

    The most likely interpretation is that Nick is asking his mother if he she would like him to do the shopping, in my opinion.

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    Re: Shall I...?

    I agree- I would take it as an offer not a request for permission.

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    Post Re: Shall I...?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I agree- I would take it as an offer not a request for permission.
    Thank you, fivejedjon and Tdol. Now I completely understand.

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