#GrammarTrivia: Shall or Will?

Hello, fellas!

I’m pretty sure that most of you spend a lot of time on the internet everyday (just like me :p), right fellas?

Have you seen this picture? Some of my friends asked me “Why is the word shall used here instead of will?”


If you are wondering about the difference between shall and will and how to use them, don’t worry! We’ll talk about it today! #GrammarTrivia

Both will and shall are used in forming the future tense.

In the traditional rule, will is used with second and third person pronouns (you, they, he, she, it).

But when you are expressing a determination to do something or to convey the idea that something must definitely happen, shall is used with the second and third person pronouns, and will is used with first-person pronouns.

I will give you some examples to help you understand, fellas :)

“I shall be there soon.” (Normal sentence)

“I will do my assignments.” (Conveying a sense of duty)

“He will be there soon.” (Normal sentence)

“He shall do his assignments.” (Conveying a sense of duty)

Do you see the difference? :) Let’s continue!

In American English, will is interchangeable with shall, except in asking questions.

Shall is used when asking questions with ‘I’ and ‘we’.

For example,

“Shall I give you some money?”

“Where shall we go this weekend?”

“Shall we go now?”

However, in American English, it’s better to use will instead of shall because it is not very common in American English.

That’s all I can share for today, fellas. Good night!

Compiled and written by @waitatiri at @EnglishTips4U on January 27, 2015.

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