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English definition of “shall”


modal verb (CERTAINLY WILL)    strong /ʃæl/ weak /ʃəl/
used to say that something certainly will or must happen , or that you are determined that something will happen : Don't worry , I shall be there to meet the train .formal The school rules state that no child shall be allowed out of the school during the day , unless accompanied by an adult . You shall go to the ball , Cinderella .CertaintyConfidence and self-assurance 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 (CERTAINLY WILL) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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