Definition of shall:


part of speech: verb

Auxiliary verb used in forming the future tense.

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:

  • I am sure I shall "Whosoever Shall Offend", F. Marion Crawford.
  • But I shall have to go. "The Short Works of George Meredith", George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009.
  • Do you think that I shall find him? "Monsieur Cherami", Charles Paul de Kock.
  • " No," replied he; " but you shall hear from me before night." "Thaddeus of Warsaw", Jane Porter.

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