Will & Shall

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Harry Smith

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What is the interrogative form of these sentences?
I will visit him on Saturday? We will help them with their English.

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Philly

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As your question stands, Harry, you need only invert 'will' and the subject to make the interrogative form. The result is a simple question about the future.
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If you replace 'will' with 'shall' in the questions, then I would understand each sentence as suggestion or offer to do something.
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Harry Smith

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As your question stands, Harry, you need only invert 'will' and the subject to make the interrogative form. The result is a simple question about the future.
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If you replace 'will' with 'shall' in the questions, then I would understand each sentence as suggestion or offer to do something.
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Nice explanation! And what do you prefer: Shall I(we).... or Will I (we)....?
 

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If I wanted to (clearly) make a suggestion or offer to do something, I'd use shall. That is one of the (very few) surviving uses of shall in AmE.
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Harry Smith

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If I wanted to (clearly) make a suggestion or offer to do something, I'd use shall. That is one of the (very few) surviving uses of shall in AmE.
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Yes, I know. I'm a little anxious about using "Will I(we)......?" Do you ask such questions?
 

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Will we help him with his English? This sounds fine to me as long as it's not a suggestion- I could be asking you because I am not sure. Will I visit him on Saturday sounds a bit strange as you should know the answer. You could create a context where it would be possible- you're checking with someone who knows your appointments, say, but it's not a very likely question IMO.
 
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