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    #1

    will/shall

    Consume her heart and you shall live forever.
    Is it correct to use "shall" instead of "will" and why?
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    Re: will/shall

    Quote Originally Posted by shibli.aftab View Post
    Consume her heart and you shall live forever.
    Is it correct to use "shall" instead of "will" and why?
    Thanks
    Either "will" or "shall" could be used here. "shall" tends to be more formal and is somewhat old fashioned. In the US, "shall" is used mostly in legal documents.

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    Re: will/shall

    Grammar books state that shall is more commonly used as making an offer. with shall I or shall we in modern times. " shall we go go to the cinema tonight?". "Shall I help you in carrying some of these shopping bags?". Alternatively we could say informally " How about I help you with some of these bags ". Using will would sound inaccurate in such circumstance of making an offer. Shall is more common in British English, or at least in their grammar books.

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    #4

    Re: will/shall

    Are you sure that your native language is English, jwstesol?

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    #5

    Re: will/shall

    Could you be more specific?

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    #6

    Re: will/shall

    For a person who claims to be an native-speaking English teacher, your capitalisation and punctuation are atrocious.

    Is that specific enough for you?

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    Re: will/shall

    Quote Originally Posted by shibli.aftab View Post
    Consume her heart and you shall live forever.
    This sounds like an exhortation in some horror film or online fantasy game. The formal 'consume' and 'shall' add to the Gothic atmosphere.

    If it were legal, a modern agony aunt (a media expert in personal relationships) might say 'Eat her heart and you will never die.'

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