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Usage Glossary: A B C D E F G H I K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Y


Although traditionally shall was used to express the future tense with I and we, will is now generally accepted with all persons. Shall is commonly used today only in certain legal documents, in questions requesting an opinion or a preference rather than a prediction (compare "Shall we go?", and "Will we go?") and in statements expressing determination ("I shall return").

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