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    #1

    You/He shall

    LONGMAN'S COMMON MISTAKES IN ENGLISH (2002):
    You shall (don't say You'll/You will) go out if you are good.
    My mind is made up: he shall (don't say he will/he'll) go.

    Do native British and American English speakers often use the 'you/he shall' construction?
    Many thanks in advance.

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    #2

    Re: You/He shall

    It is used in BrE, though it's probably not very common.

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    #3

    Re: You/He shall

    No one I have ever met who was born in the US uses "shall" except in a question "Shall we...?" and in legal contexts to emphasize the requirement to do something.
    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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