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    Question shall/will

    1. Will I be able to discuss it with him?
    Yes/No
    2. Shall I be able to discuss it with him?
    Yes/No

    What's the slight difference in meaning ?

    Yes, you will (I think you will, my advice is that you discuss it with him)
    Yes, you shall (It's set, I'm only informing you)


    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: shall/will

    Quote Originally Posted by nyota View Post
    1. Will I be able to discuss it with him?
    Yes/No
    2. Shall I be able to discuss it with him?
    Yes/No



    Thanks in advance.
    They are both correct and have the same meaning, shall is old fashioned and little used in modern English. (I like it, and use it.)

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    Re: shall/will

    I agree with Bhaisahab that the meaning would generally be the same in BrE. It could be argued that will could be used when asking for authorisation from the person who could give it and shall when checking with someone who didn't give the authorisation, but few BrE speakers still use shall regularly enough for it to be clear and it's hardly ever used in AmE. South Asian speakers, where I believe it is more used, might feel differently, though.

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    Re: shall/will

    Traditionally, here is the run-down of shall and will:

    Normal emphasis

    I, we shall
    he, she will
    they will

    Strong emphasis

    I, we will
    he, she shall
    they shall

    So, shall belongs to the first person, will to the others..... unless you want to emphasize, then they are reversed.

    When reading academic texts we still see this all the time.

    In modern spoken English, "will" has all but taken over for all persons.

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    Smile Re: shall/will

    Quote Originally Posted by nyota View Post

    What's the slight difference in meaning ?

    Yes, you will (I think you will, my advice is that you discuss it with him)
    Yes, you shall (It's set, I'm only informing you)

    I came up with the above difference on the basis of Hugh Gethin's Grammar in Context and thought it unclear and unconvincing. Thanks for all your comments, they seem to confirm my impression ;)


    Regards

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