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    will/shall

    Hi, teachers:
    We say : You shall not afflict any widow or orphan.
    Can we replace "shall" with "will" , saying the same thing?
    -----You will not afflict any widow or orphan.
    Do both of the sentences express forbiddances?
    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by norwolf View Post
    Hi, teachers:
    We say : You shall not afflict any widow or orphan.
    Can we replace "shall" with "will" , saying the same thing?
    -----You will not afflict any widow or orphan.
    Do both of the sentences express forbiddances?
    Thank you.

    Hello, I'm the French, I'm not a teacher but if you use will and shall, it's the same thing.

    Shall is a little archaic , old use if you prefer. The use of shall is for suggestion or advice, it's more formal.

    Nowadays, the helping verb will is more often used that shall.

    When you use one of them it's the same meaning for people, perhaps English citizen make one difference, but I'm not English.

    Have a nice day.

    The French.

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    Re: will/shall

    They are interchangeable today. Older traditionalists, however, hold that shall is for the first person, will for the second and third persons.

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    Re: will/shall

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    They are interchangeable today. Older traditionalists, however, hold that shall is for the first person, will for the second and third persons.
    Agree. Sometimes it can be a bit tricky. I am still using shall for first person and in situations where I can offer something. And will for both.

    Don't you think that shall sounds prettier, do yo?

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    Re: will/shall

    Well, in academic English, we still write: "In this chapter we shall examine...." or I shall. Whereas will is normal for the other persons.

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