I'm writting to ask for some help Can you tell me the usages of shall in daily speaking Thank you.

  • In US daily speech, 'shall' is never used. It is only used in older texts (like the Ten Commandments). If you use it, it will stand out as weird or British sounding (which is not to say that British people use it more often or are weird, just that that is the perception) – Mitch Jul 23 '15 at 13:00

OALD online has a good survey. They have three uses. No.1 the shall-futur is becoming old-fasioned. No.3 is old-fashioned or formal. So only no.2 is actually used: shall in questions with I and we.


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  • ... and also in legal and legal-like documents, where it means "must". – Peter Shor Jul 23 '15 at 11:01

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