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    The difference between shall and will

    When do you use shall and will?

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    Re: The difference between shall and will

    * Not a teacher

    It is a vast subject, but Wikipedia has an excellent article on this topic, you can check it out here:

    Shall and will - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Then, if you have a specific question, just ask.

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    Re: The difference between shall and will

    You can also search the forums for "shall * will." You'll find many threads. You'll also learn that for simple declarative sentences, "shall" is rarely used these days.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: The difference between shall and will

    Quote Originally Posted by anndoneli View Post
    When do you use shall and will?

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    (1) Mr. Henry Fowler was an English gentleman who wrote books on "good"

    English. He said that nobody could use "shall" properly unless s/he was

    born into an upper-class British family!

    (2) Here in the United States, it is now used by ordinary people like me mostly

    in questions:

    Shall we dance?

    It's very cold. Shall I turn on the heater?

    (3) It's occasionally used in other situations:

    (a) Let's go, shall we? (You cannot say "will we?")

    (b) Violations shall be punished by fines or imprisonment. (official government statements)

    (4) Here is what one well-educated British journalist (who was very prominent before World War II) once said: "I think I should die if I ceased writing." Probably most people (at least here in the States) would say would.

    Sources:

    The Grammar Book by Mesdames Celce-Murcia and Larsen-Freeman.

    Modern American Usage by Wilson Follett.
    Last edited by TheParser; 18-Dec-2011 at 15:28.

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