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shall rather than will

in traditional British grammar, the rule is that will should only be used with second and third person pronouns (you; he, she, it, they). With first person pronouns (I and we), the 'correct' verb to talk about the future is shall.

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Luscinda
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No, it isn't. It just shifts the meaning if you say I will rather than I shall. Not that Duo has ever understood this - it's forever getting it wrong.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scilling
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It’s not just Duolingo — many dialects of English don’t observe their distinctions in meaning. To quote from the Shall and Will section of Fowler’s The King’s English,

It is unfortunate that the idiomatic use [of “shall” and “will”], while it comes by nature to southern Englishmen (who will find most of this section superfluous), is so complicated that those who are not to the manner born can hardly acquire it; and for them the section is in danger of being useless.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Luscinda
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Which does not excuse Duo's determination to believe that the word 'shall' does not exist. :-/

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https://www.duolingo.com/scilling
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“Duo” isn’t one monolithic course creator; each course was created by a different set of people, and each of those persons can have a different view on the uses of “shall” and “will”. Wherever you find that “shall” is not accepted where it ought to be, use the Report a Problem button; that’s what I’ve done — many times — and a large majority of those exercises in the Irish course has been updated to accept it.

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https://www.duolingo.com/varigby
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Hardly anyone under the age of 70 follows that rule these days.

In the UK (and Ireland from memory) "shall" is most often used for in polite offers or suggestions:

"Shall I make some tea?" would be commonly heard in the UK.

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https://www.duolingo.com/D_Elaine
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The question to ask: 1) Is it future or volition? 2) shall, will / will, shall / 1st, 2nd-3rd

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