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definition of the word shall

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Old English sceal, of Germanic origin. Compare Dutch zal.

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Present participle

- (third-person singular simple present shall, present participle -, simple past should, past participle -)

  1. (Modal auxiliary verb. Defective.)Used before a verb to indicate the simple future tense, particularly in the first person singular or plural.
    I shall sing in the choir tomorrow
  2. Used similarly to indicate determination or obligation, particularly in the second and third persons singular and plural.
    (determination): You shall go to the ball!
    (obligation): Citizens shall provide proof of identity.
  3. Used in questions to suggest a possible future action.
    Shall we go out later?
  4. (archaic) Used to indicate destiny or certainty.
    Goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.
  5. (obsolete) To owe.

You have done that you should be sorry for.
You have done that you shall be sorry for.
I shall go.
You will go.
I will go.
You shall go.

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