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English definition of “shall”


modal verb (FUTURE)    strong /ʃæl/ weak /ʃəl/ old-fashioned
B1 used instead of "will" when the subject is "I" or "we": If you do that one more time , I shall be very cross . I shall never forget you. I'm afraid I shall not/shan't be able to come to your party .formal I shall look forward to meeting you next week . So we'll see you at the weekend , shall we (= is that right )? We shall (= intend to) let you know as soon as there's any news . Grammar:Will and shall: formWill and shall are modal verbs. They are used with the base form of the main verb (They will go; I shall ask her). Shall is only used for future time reference with I and we, and is more formal than will.Grammar:Will and shall: usesGrammar:ShallGrammar:Shall: formsGrammar:Shall: usesGrammar:Shall: typical error
(Definition of shall modal verb (FUTURE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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