See my title. I am looking for a word or expression to replace the way of "Shall I/we ...?" The context is I am asking for permission or suggestion but it is not in conversation. I want to apply such sentence in written English. The dictionary says, that is the spoken English.
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I'm not sure which dictionary would suggest that shall is only used in spoken English, but I have to assure you that it is perfectly fine to use it in written English too, especially in literature.
If you are still looking for a replacement for an expression that involves the usage of shall, you would have to first determine what it truly means in the expression:
My guess is that you are using its fourth definition. In this case, you can simply rephrase the sentence this way.