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I've learned that "shall" is hardly used in a declarative sentence lately because it's too old-fashioned and too rigid even in written English.

However, a grammar book I've recently read says that "shall" is still used, and also it doesn't say it is old. I wonder how old it is in real situation.

Could you tell me the last time you used "shall" and the expression(s) you said/write then, and also your nationalities if possible(as I've heard compared with British English, it is rarely used in American English)?

Updated: Sorry, I've written the word "shall" as "should"... What I want to write is "shall"

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  • Your first two sentences don't contradict each other. Shall I explain? – Peter Shor Dec 4 '17 at 11:48
  • @PeterShor Cute, points for that. But when's the last time you used "shall" in real life? To hykw: Personally I haven't seen or used shall much at all. I'm a native speaker of American English based in NYC. – Dan Bron Dec 4 '17 at 11:49
  • @Dan: I use it in first person questions to make a suggestion (most often first person plural, but sometimes singular). Maybe I don't use it that often, but it's definitely part of my vocabulary. I've mainly lived in the Northeast and California. – Peter Shor Dec 4 '17 at 11:52
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    I find it is used quite commonly, particularly if someone is confirming perhaps quite informally that they are going to do an agreed thing, eg 'I shall crack on with that then'. Also if I was seeking to confirm the division of labour as it were 'Shall I crack on with supper while you book the holiday?' or 'Shall I finish off those reports before I mangel the wurzel or after?' (I also appraently use 'crack on with' a lot) – Spagirl Dec 4 '17 at 12:07
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    It seems the OP is right. The comments here do show interrogative uses of shall but not declarative. I guess shall is used in legal documents. "The renter shall keep the walkways on the property clear." – GEdgar Dec 4 '17 at 13:44