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    #1

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    teachers,

    kindly assist me understand the followings:
    1. i have a problem using would and could i mix them.
    2. is it ok to say "can be able" eg i cannot be able to assist you.
    3. is there any difference in usage of shall and will
    4. my boss likes using " would havent " instead of " would not have" is it ok?

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    Re: questions

    1 A huge area- could you give us examples of where you're not sure?
    2 No; it's repetitious.
    3 Shall- traditionally used for I/we, though this use is less common nowadays and mostly found in formal language. It is still used in questions, when asking for advice or making a suggestion. It can be used for extra emphasis to show your determination to make someone do something: You shall do it = I will make sure you do. American speakers don't use it much.
    4 It's not a standard form, but may be a local variant- is it common in Kenya or is it just your boss?

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