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 often confused with shall
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH shallshall , will (see confusables note at the current entry)
Words nearby 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.
But alas, a snub is yet another of the many indignities Valerie Cherish shall endure.15 Enraging Golden Globe TV Snubs and Surprises: Amy Poehler, 'Mad Men' & More|Kevin Fallon|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It demands only that judges “shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour.”
A wise man hateth not the commandments and justices, and he shall not be dashed in pieces as a ship in a storm.
He that seeketh the law, shall be filled with it: and he that dealeth deceitfully, shall meet with a stumblingblock therein.
It seems very strange that I shall actually know Liszt at last, after hearing of him so many years.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
Now first we shall want our pupil to understand, speak, read and write the mother tongue well.
We shall recover again some or all of the steadfastness and dignity of the old religious life.
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