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    #1

    will/shall

    The Visitor Pass will remain the property of the Management and shall be surrendered on demand.

    Why is the first boldfaced word 'will', while the second is 'shall'? Shouldn't both be 'shall'?

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    #2

    Re: will/shall

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    The Visitor Pass will remain the property of the Management and shall be surrendered on demand.
    The writer is using the words in what some speakers of BrE still consider to be the 'correct' way. There is no idea of obligation in 'will', but there is in 'shall'.

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