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    Why "you will"? Why not "you shall"?

    Whether "you will" or not depends on your free will, that is, whether you will or not it will be decided by you. How can others say "you will"?

    I guess "you will" is the euphemistic form of "you shall". Am I on the right track?

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    “Seeing that you are idle and have nothing to do,” replied the Jade Emperor, “we are giving you a job. You are to administer the Peach Orchard, and you will give it your attention day and night.” The Great Sage was overjoyed, and after expressing his thanks and chanting “na-a-aw” he withdrew.


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    After Chaos Among the Peaches the Great Sage Steals the Pills
    In the Revolt Against Heaven the Gods Capture the Demons
    The story goes on to relate that the Great Sage Equaling Heaven, a mere monkey devil after all, was quite satisfied that his name was on the register of office without caring about the grading of his job and his own rank, or the size of his salary. The immortal clerks in the two offices in his residence were in constant attendance on him, he had three meals a day and a bed to sleep on at night, and he lived a free and easy life without worries. In his spare time he would visit the other palaces, get together with his old friends, and make new ones. When he saw the Three Pure Ones, he would address them as “venerable,” and when he met the Four Emperors he called them “Your Majesty.” He was on fraternal terms with the Nine Bright Shiners, the Generals of the Five Regions, the Twenty-Eight Constellations, the Four Great Heavenly Kings, the Gods of the Twelve Branches, the Five Ancients of the Five Regions, the star ministers of the whole sky, and the countless gods of the Milky Way. Today he would wander East, and tomorrow he would go West, coming and going by cloud, and never staying anywhere for long.
    When the Jade Emperor was holding his morning court one day the Immortal Xu of Jingyang came forward from the body of officials, kowtowed, and suggested, “The Great Sage Equaling Heaven is spending his time in idle travel, and is making the acquaintance of all the stars in the sky, calling them all his friends irrespective of their rank. It would be as well to give him some responsibility, and prevent his idleness leading to trouble later on.”
    The Jade Emperor's response to this suggestion was to send for the Monkey King at once. He came in a cheerful mood and asked, “What promotion and reward have you summoned me here to receive, Your Majesty?”
    “Seeing that you are idle and have nothing to do,” replied the Jade Emperor, “we are giving you a job. You are to administer the Peach Orchard, and you will give it your attention day and night.” The Great Sage was overjoyed, and after expressing his thanks and chanting “na-a-aw” he withdrew.
    In his eagerness to be at work he went straight to the Peach Orchard to have a look round. When he got there he was stopped by a local tutelary god who asked him, “Where are you going, Great Sage?”
    “I've been put in charge of the Peach Orchard by the Jade Emperor, and I've come to inspect it.” The local god hastened to greet him formally, and he called the men who weeded, brought water, looked after the trees, and swept the grounds to come and kowtow to the Great Sage. When Sun Wukong was taken inside this is what he saw:

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    Re: Why "you will"? Why not "you shall"?

    The word "shall" is quite old-fashioned. "Will" has replaced it, even in the future imperative. Don't use "shall".

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    Re: Why "you will"? Why not "you shall"?

    I still find "shall" quite useful in questions. "Shall we open the presents now?"

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    Re: Why "you will"? Why not "you shall"?

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    I still find "shall" quite useful in questions. "Shall we open the presents now?"
    Me too. But you'll only find it used in the first person (both singular and plural) these days, methinks.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Why "you will"? Why not "you shall"?

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    I still find "shall" quite useful in questions. "Shall we open the presents now?"
    Yes, but this "shall we" seems more of a set phrase.

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