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    What id the difference between will and shall

    i am very confused what to use will or shall please someone explain

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    Re: What id the difference between will and shall

    Quote Originally Posted by mhdfrr View Post
    i am very confused what to use will or shall please someone explain
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    I want to know when I should use will or when I should use shall.



    Now, I will answer your question when I get around to it.


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    Re: What id the difference between will and shall

    A: You will do what I tell you to do.
    B: I will not.


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    #4

    Re: What id the difference between will and shall

    Click here and start reading from the the fifth thread down.

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    Re: What id the difference between will and shall

    Regrettably the link appears to be broken.

    "Shall" is very rarely heard in AmE. Apparently there is a distinction between "shall" and "will" in BrE, but I never succeeded in learning it during the three years I spent in England.

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    #6

    Re: What id the difference between will and shall

    In AmE we mostly use "shall" for invitations.

    Shall we dance?
    Shall we eat?
    Shall we go?

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    Re: What id the difference between will and shall

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Regrettably the link appears to be broken.
    In that case, try typing will/shall in the Google Custom Search box.

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    Re: What id the difference between will and shall

    I always have to obsess about something, and this is the one I was obsessing about until now. The truth is that "shall" is rarely used in American English (except in the examples Mike gave). I can't remember the last time I heard it. (I thought I would find this question in the FAQ section, but I didn't.) Don't let it be something that bothers you.


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    Re: What id the difference between will and shall

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    In AmE we mostly use "shall" for invitations.

    Shall we dance?
    Shall we eat?
    Shall we go?
    Or in legal contexts. "Shall" is used to impose an obligation. "Will" has connotations of volition that "shall" does not. If a law says that a sheriff "shall issue" a permit once all criteria are met, then the sheriff if obliged by law to issue the permit. The sheriff may not have the "will" or desire to do so, but he is bound by the law to do it.

    Contracts and laws say one party "shall do this" and another "shall do that." It's obligation, not volition.

    When speaking in the first person, "I will" expresses volition and determination, where "I shall" simply expresses the future tense.

    As far as practical use, one can ignore the word "shall" in AmE, except in set phrases, like the invitations Mike gave as examples. Even then, a "do you want to dance?" is just as expressive and less formal-sounding than "shall we dance?"

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