Will and Shall

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englishpunster

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Dear Sir,

I would like to know what are the differences between "will" and "shall"?
How should I use them?

Thanks,

englishpunster
 

Tdol

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In British English, 'shall' is mainly used in questions:

What shall I do? (asking for advice)
Shall we we eat out? (suggestion)

It can be used instead of 'will' with 'I' and 'we', but this is less common nowadays. It can also replace 'will' with the second and third person to show strong volition. ;-)
 
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Natalie27

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tdol said:
In British English, 'shall' is mainly used in questions:

What shall I do? (asking for advice)
Shall we we eat out? (suggestion)

It can be used instead of 'will' with 'I' and 'we', but this is less common nowadays. It can also replace 'will' with the second and third person to show strong volition. ;-)

The only way I hear it used is when a guy is asking you to dance on the floor with him, reaches out for your hand and says "Shall we?" Otherwise we don't use "shall" that much in Canada. :lol:
 

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It's getting less common here in the UK too. Few people say 'I shall'. It's fairly common in formal writing, though.;-)
 
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tdol said:
It's getting less common here in the UK too. Few people say 'I shall'. It's fairly common in formal writing, though.;-)

Thanks TDOL. It's interesting and it's funny how it can be the same language and yet so different in so many ways.... :shock: :lol:

hey, what's tdol stand for...anything at all? :lol:
 
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englishpunster

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Okay, now.
Firstly, How does American English use "Shall"?
Secondly, suppose I wanna be a writer. As a writer, how should I use "Shall" in the formal way?

englishpunster
 
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englishpunster said:
Okay, now.
Firstly, How does American English use "Shall"?
Secondly, suppose I wanna be a writer. As a writer, how should I use "Shall" in the formal way?

englishpunster

We don't. You don't really hear "shall" at all in North Ametrica. It's like the word doesn't really exist here and we are fine with that.
:lol:
 
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welldone

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I've read this book, "Element and Style". Interestingly the author presents two examples regarding "shall" and "will":

1 I shall drown. Nobody will save me!

This is when somebody is desperate for help when he is drowning.

2 I will drown. Nobody shall save me!

This is what a people who is seeking death would say.
 
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welldone said:
I've read this book, "Element and Style". Interestingly the author presents two examples regarding "shall" and "will":

1 I shall drown. Nobody will save me!

This is when somebody is desperate for help when he is drowning.

2 I will drown. Nobody shall save me!

This is what a people who is seeking death would say.

If that was up to me I would say:

I will drown. Nobody should save me.

same thing? I think so.... :lol:
 

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englishpunster said:
Dear Sir,

I would like to know what are the differences between "will" and "shall"?
How should I use them?

Thanks,

englishpunster

Uses of shall and will and should in both American English and British English: Click here.

Server: Shall I bring you the main course, now? :up:

All the best, :D
 
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Natalie27

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Casiopea said:
englishpunster said:
Dear Sir,

I would like to know what are the differences between "will" and "shall"?
How should I use them?

Thanks,

englishpunster

Uses of shall and will and should in both American English and British English: Click here.

Server: Shall I bring you the main course, now? :up:

You bet, Cas...a T-bone would be nice! :silly:

All the best, :D
 
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