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Hypothetical Grammer

How are the following sentences different? The sky is turning dark. It should be raining soon. (Why do we only use should and not shall. If we use shall be/shall it would be grammatically wrong?) ...
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What's the modern version of 'I will drown and nobody shall save me!'?

'I will drown and nobody shall save me!' cried the man who had fallen into the canal two hundred years ago. I am wondering what he would be crying if he fell in the canal today.
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What is the negative question form of "Shall we~?"

"not" comes after auxiliary verb. For example: "I can go." "I can not go." Then, What is the negative question form of "Shall we~?"? "Shall not we go?"...
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future perfect or will-future with "by the year..." or "by then"?

I wonder if I always need future perfect in sentences with "by the year ..." and "by then" or if using the will-future (simple or progressive) is also possible in the two sentences ...
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Shall we learn / Will we learn

Shall we learn Spanish next year? Will we learn Spanish next year? If I understand right, both versions are possible but the meaning is different. The first one can be used in a conversation between ...
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Shall usage in legal condition [closed]

Is it correct to say in a legal document something like: "Shall you cross the street on red light, you will be penalised" to add some emphasis? I've seen something like this before, but ...
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Usage of "shall" in legalese [duplicate]

Where exactly should I use "shall"/other tense in this agreement?
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Will someone to do something

I know it's OK to use will with a reflective pronoun: I willed myself to remember her name. He willed himself to work. But is it possible to will not self? - I willed him to work. He willed her ...
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Shall have to have something to verb

The context: Anne with her brothers and they all have their sandwiches. "Where do you mean to have lunch ?" asked Anne. "If we stay here much longer, I shall really have to have ...
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Will vs shall in interrogative sentences?

As a non-native English speaker I face difficulty in understanding about shall vs will in interrogative sentences. can you please suggest which one is correct? 1. will i do? 2. shall i do? Why we use ...
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Will and Would In future prediction

While learning C2 level grammar structures for my exam, I came across this structure. Using would with wide range of adverbs such as possibly, undoubtedly etc. Consider these sentences: I believe ...
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until the weather shall permit my embarkation

I am wondering how the modal "shall" affects the interepratation of the following sentence in traditional British English: My voyage is only now delayed until the weather shall permit my ...
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Is "I do, so shall you" correct English?

Is "I do, so shall you" correct English? I feel like so, but when I google, I cannot find similar sentences, all I found are "as you sow, so shall you reap", but I try to see if the verb can be ...
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Is "shall" still used?

Is the mighty "shall", which in my opinion is much stronger in obligation than "must", still in use? I would like to start using it in daily speech and in writing.
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"I shall come, not will"

Recently I asked about I shall come, not will whether it could be used instead of I will definitely come, not maybe How I came to such a question. Here Shall and Will Usage I asked about "Shall ...
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Is there really a difference between the use of will and shall?

Shall I open the door? Will I open the door? So far as I know , the first sentence means will you allow me to open the door? The second question means Will I have the ability to open the door? (...
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I shall come, not will [duplicate]

Native speakers, how can you comment such a sentence: I shall come, not will Can I use it for I will definitely come, not maybe Adding some information other people asked me about. How I came to ...
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When I must use `shall` and when I must use `will`?

I know, shall we use only with I and We. Is it right? But can I use will with I and We? Is it true in the USA shall use rarely?
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Use of "shall" with third person pronoun in British English

Is this still common in British English to use the modal 'shall' with a third person pronoun? If so, what is the difference between the following? He shall repent. He should repent.
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He shall die. He will die [duplicate]

He shall die. He will die. (Will is stressed.) He will die. (Will is not stressed.) What is the difference among them? Number 1 means that I will kill him. Number 2 means that he intends to die. ...
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Shall and Will Usage

Can I say: I shall do it meaning that I am 100% it will happen? Then, if yes, we have such a scene. I am football player and I am in front of my trainer. He is saying "You shall win!" meaning ...
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SHALL vs. MUST in technical documents

In my company, we often need to write requirements for our customers. They are pretty much recommendations (i.e., we do not impose anything), but given a certain baseline, some are stricter than ...
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Can we say Shall he/she attend?

Can we say Shall he/she attend? Is it possible to make a question with shall?
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Question related to future tense: "shall" vs "will" [duplicate]

What is the difference between these sentences? Tell me, doctor, shall I lose weight? Tell me, doctor, will I lose weight?
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Difference in meaning? "Would" vs "shall"

What is the difference between these two sentences? What would we crime reporters do without juicy murders? What shall we crime reporters do without juicy murders?
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Meaning of a sentence from The Diary of a Young Girl? And what was ‘shall’ used for?

I would like to ask you a couple of questions about the sentence below which is from The Diary of a Young Girl. I hope I shall be able to confide in you completely, as I have never been able ...
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Verb before subject not in a question

I have always thought until just before that a verb should come before the subject only in questions, for example: Is this idea correct? But I was just reading a book ("Operating System Concepts" ...
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Shall used in the first person future tense (I believe...?)

Would it be correct to say, "Well then, I shall be on with it, now shalt I".
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difference between won't and don't in "It is high time to visit xyz headquarters if the mail won't (doesn't) come within 2 days."

"It is high time to visit xyz headquarters if the mail won't come within 2 days." Please correct this sentence. Please explain the usage of won't and doesn't.
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Usage of 'will' and 'would' in a question [duplicate]

What is the difference between When will XYZ bank release the results of clerks? and When would XYZ Bank release the results of clerks? Which one is the formal way to ask the HR of the bank. ...
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Would you explain the usage and grammar of "shall"?

Would you please explain a little about the grammar of "shall"? For example, in a book that I'm reading, there's this sentence: In the following, we shall consider the propagation of an ...
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Can I use simple present to explain how to do something now

I know I can use simple present for instructions. But, If I want to explain how to do something now, can I use the simple present? For example is it correct if I said "I show you how to do it." or ...
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Should I use "will" with "tomorrow"?

Which of the following are correctly formed? Tomorrow I get up at half past six. or Tomorrow I will get up at half past six.
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Modal verb "will" to describe a present situation

I have heard a phone conversation between a person wishing to buy theater tickets and a sales agent like the following: “I want to buy two tickets for tonight’s show.” ~ “Certainly. I’ll need your ...
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"Will" or "Would"?

In my understanding, while talking about future whether to use "would" or "will" depends on our perception and subjective. If you are confident about something you can use 'will' instead of 'would' ...
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Will you not, or Will not (won't) you?

When asking someone questions about the future, would you ask Will you not? or Will not (won't) you? For example, of    1. Will you not go to school today?    2. Will ...
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What is the meaning of "Won't I/we" in questions?

I understand that won't in negative declarative sentences expresses unwillingness or a refusal. e.g. I won't leave until I've seen the manager. So, what does won't express in negative interrogative ...
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Is it possible to use 'shall' for intentions? is PEU wrong here?

M.swan PEU (3rd edition-unit:217) says, " Topic: announcing decisions: will We often use will when we tell people about a decision as we make it.for instant if we're agreeing to do something. &...
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'Will he/I .....? for what?

'Will you + infinitive' expresses a request,order or instruction. E.g:1. Will you do something for me.(request) But I want to know when will is placed before a third person or first person ...
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