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“Will” and “shall” are both modal verbs that can be used for future time. But on what occasion should we use “will” and “shall”? What’s the difference between them?
In today’s [Grammar] we are going to explain the difference between “will” and “shall”. Let’s go!
1. Differences in form
“Shall” is only used for future time reference with “I” and “we”, and is more formal than “will”. “Will” is used without limits in subject pronouns.
This time next week I /we shall/will be in Scotland.
This time next week he/she/they /you will be in Scotland.
In speaking, ”shall“ and ”will“ are usually contracted to ”’ll“, especially after subject pronouns (I, we, you, they, she, he, it):
We’ll meet you outside the coffee shop.
2. Similarities in uses
Predictions: We use “will” and “shall” to make predictions and to state facts about the future:
There will be strong winds tomorrow in the south of the country.
We shall need an extra bedroom when the new baby arrives.
Decisions and offers: “Will” and “shall” (usually in the short form ’”ll“) are used to announce decisions and to make offers:
Shall I send you the book?
Wait, I’ll open the door for you.
Have you already known the difference between “will” and “shall”? Don’t worry, we prepare a quiz for you👇it is time to show yourself!
#1. The year 2025 ______ be the four-hundredth anniversary of the founding of the university.
#2. What _____ we do this weekend?
That’s all for today’s [Grammar]!!!