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    "could" or "shall"

    Would anyone kindly explain which is right ( could or shall ) and why?
    (1)."John, if you work hard enough you could have an admission ticket to Michael Jackson's concert." father promised to his son.
    or,
    (2)."John, if you work hard enough you shall have an admission ticket to Michael Jackson's concert." father promised to his son.
    --
    (3)."John, if you work hard enough you could have an admission ticket to Michael Jackson's concert." father said.
    or
    (4).."John, if you work hard enough you shall have an admission ticket to Michael Jackson's concert." father said.
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    your advice will be very much appreciated!

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    Re: "could" or "shall"

    Quote Originally Posted by new2grammar View Post
    Would anyone kindly explain which is right ( could or shall ) and why?
    (1)."John, if you work hard enough you could have an admission ticket to Michael Jackson's concert." father promised to his son. It does not work as he promised. "Could" indicates a possibility. Promise means to tell someone that you will certainly do something.
    or,
    (2)."John, if you work hard enough you shall have an admission ticket to Michael Jackson's concert." father promised to his son. It is ok. I would use "will" instead of "shall" as will is more common.
    --
    (3)."John, if you work hard enough you could have an admission ticket to Michael Jackson's concert." father said. It is ok to say so. "Could" says that it is possible but not that likely.
    or
    (4).."John, if you work hard enough you shall/will have an admission ticket to Michael Jackson's concert." father said. It is correct.
    ---
    your advice will be very much appreciated!
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    Last edited by banderas; 16-May-2008 at 06:34. Reason: typo

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