24 / 01 / 2006

SHALL: meaning and examples

Good morning. Today we are going to answer a request from one of our readers, Núria S. She wrote asking us to review the meaning and use of the modal verb SHALL. SHALL Meaning 1: Shall is the equivalent of will but it is used in standard British English of a more formal register. The negative form is shall not or shan't. Example 1: Come on, children! We shall be late if you don't hurry up! Example 2: I shan't listen to another word you say unless you speak to me with a little more respect! Meaning 2: Shall is used in the questions Shall I...? and Shall we...? (the 1st person singular and plural forms) to ask somebody's opinion, especially in offers and suggestions. Example 3: Shall we watch the news or would you prefer to turn off the television? Example 4: Shall I carry those bags up to your flat for you? They look very heavy. I hope this answers your question, Núria. Please post any questions about today's Daily Vitamin in the Daily Vitamin Plus! forum section on our website. If you have any questions about how to use the Daily Vitamin Plus! section or would like to receive a Daily Vitamin Plus! manual, please don't hesitate to contact us. Have a good day!

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