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part of speech: past tense


part of speech: verb

An auxiliary and defective verb; one of the two signs employed to express futurity, will being the other; in the first person shall simply foretells or declares; in the second person and third person it promises or expresses determination; interrogatively, shall either asks for permission or for direction; shall, like will, apart from its othersenses, uniformly denotes futurity.

part of speech: verb

Auxiliary having no participles, imperative, or infinitive, and followed by the infinitive without to; used, together with will, to form the simple future tense: thus, to express simple futurity, singular, first person, I shall; second person, you will; third person, he will; plural, first person, we shall; second person, you will; third person, they will; used to express determination in an arrangement exactly the opposite: used in a question, according to the form expected in the answer; as, shall I? will you? etc.

part of speech: verb

Shall and will are often confounded by inaccurate speakers or writers, and even writers such as Addison sometimes make a slip. In quoting the following lines from a song in Sir George Etherege's " She Would if she Could" ( 1704), Mr. R. Grant White says. " I do not know in English literature another passage in which the distinction between shall and will and would and should is at once so elegantly, so variously, so precisely, and so compactly illustrated.

Usage examples for shall:

  • She shall not see him. "When Valmond Came to Pontiac, Complete", Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 15, 2009
  • But what shall we do? "Jerry", Jean Webster
  • " I know what I shall do then," he said. "Eve to the Rescue", Ethel Hueston
  • Then you shall know. "The Abandoned Room", Wadsworth Camp
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