auxiliary verb, present singular 1st person shall, 2nd shall or (Archaic) shalt, 3rd shall, present plural shall; past singular 1st person should, 2nd should or (Archaic) shouldst or should·est, 3rd should, past plural should; imperative, infinitive, and participles lacking.
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Origin of shall
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH shallcan may shall will (see usage note at can1) (see usage note at the current entry)
usage note for shall
Example sentences from the Web for shall
Who knew that “we shall overcome” meant “we, the few, shall book covers every decade or so, maybe, sometimes, if we are in style.”One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem|Danielle Belton|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.
But time and history will render an unambiguous verdict on this matter, as Rubio shall soon see.
It demands only that judges “shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour.”
Judges, they wrote, “shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour.”
"I shall never see you again," Margaret answered, strangely.East Angels|Constance Fenimore Woolson
I shall take my own course now; without the smallest consideration for your crotchets.Perlycross|R. D. Blackmore
When shall we know whether they are dead or alive, whether strong and healthy or moaning upon a bed in hospital?Six Women and the Invasion|Gabrielle Yerta
The gray man now commenced an anecdote, which I shall give in his own words.Road Scrapings: Coaches and Coaching|M. E. Haworth
Upon this shall come a roaring lion dreadful for his monstrous cruelty.Old English Chronicles|Various
British Dictionary definitions for shall
verb past should (takes an infinitive without to or an implied infinitive)
- used as an auxiliary to indicate determination on the part of the speaker, as in issuing a threatyou shall pay for this!
- used as an auxiliary to indicate compulsion, now esp in official documentsthe Tenant shall return the keys to the Landlord
- used as an auxiliary to indicate certainty or inevitabilityour day shall come