Shall in a sentence

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Definition of Shall

  • As an auxiliary, shall indicates a duty or necessity whose obligation is derived from the person speaking; as, you shall go; he shall go; that is, I order or promise your going. It thus ordinarily expresses, in the second and third persons, a command, a threat, or a promise. If the auxillary be emphasized, the command is made more imperative, the promise or that more positive and sure. It is also employed in the language of prophecy; as, “the day shall come when . . . , ” since a promise or threat and an authoritative prophecy nearly coincide in significance. In shall with the first person, the necessity of the action is sometimes implied as residing elsewhere than in the speaker; as, I shall suffer; we shall see; and there is always a less distinct and positive assertion of his volition than is indicated by will. “I shall go” implies nearly a simple futurity; more exactly, a foretelling or an expectation of my going, in which, naturally enough, a certain degree of plan or intention may be included; emphasize the shall, and the event is described as certain to occur, and the expression approximates in meaning to our emphatic “I will go.” In a question, the relation of speaker and source of obligation is of course transferred to the person addressed; as, “Shall you go?” (answer, “I shall go”); “Shall he go?” i. e., “Do you require or promise his going?” (answer, “He shall go”.) The same relation is transferred to either second or third person in such phrases as “You say, or think, you shall go;” “He says, or thinks, he shall go.” After a conditional conjunction (as if, whethershall is used in all persons to express futurity simply; as, if I, you, or he shall say they are right. Should is everywhere used in the same connection and the same senses as shall, as its imperfect. It also expresses duty or moral obligation; as, he should do it whether he will or not. In the early English, and hence in our English Bible, shall is the auxiliary mainly used, in all the persons, to express simple futurity. (Cf. Will v. t. Shall may be used elliptically; thus, with an adverb or other word expressive of motion go may be omitted.

How to use shall in a sentence. Shall pronunciation.

As a woman swims in a fountain, so shall I bathe in sweat for thee, who hath given with one hand and hath never taken with the other.
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To-morrow I shall be rich and, it may be, strong.
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Before the world knows I shall be in possession.
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All that is his shall be mine, for at once the men of law shall be summoned, and my inheritance secured before Kaid shall even know of his death.
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I shall take my chances for my life.
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Yet I do not wonder men fail to keep honest in the midst of this splendour, where all is strife as to who shall have the Prince's favour; who shall enjoy the fruits of bribery, backsheesh, and monopoly; who shall wring from the slave and the toil-ridden fellah the coin his poor body mints at the corvee, in his own taxed fields of dourha and cucumbers.
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Yet here am I set, and here shall I stay till the skein be ravelled out.
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Soon I shall go into the desert upon a mission to the cities of the South, to Dongola, Khartoum, and Darfur and beyond; for there is trouble yonder, and war is near, unless it is given to me to bring peace.
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And I must not forget to say that I shall take with me on my journey that faithful Muslim Ebn Ezra.
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Others I shall take also, but of them I shall write hereafter.
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I shall breathe the air of intrigue, shall hear footsteps of spies behind me wherever I go; shall know that even the roses in the garden have ears; that the ground under my feet will telegraph my thoughts.
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Shall I at last whisper, and follow, and evade, believe in no one, much less in myself, steal in and out of men's confidences to use them for my own purposes?
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I begin to see how near good is to evil; how near faith is to unfaith; and how difficult it is to judge from actions only; how little we can know to-day what we shall feel tomorrow.
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All my life I shall be grateful.
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I thought then nothing of which I shall ever be ashamed.
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Presently she spoke again: "I shall always want to know about you-what is happening to you.
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In Egypt I shall remember, as I should remember.
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But what comfort shall it give?
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I would labour for the land of Egypt, for by work shall we fulfil ourselves, redeem ourselves.
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What work to do in Egypt save to help the land, and how shall one help, save in the Prince's service?
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Examples of Shall

Example #1
Behold, I build my nest in thy sails, excellency.
Example #2
To an European it would have seemed a shameless mockery to have wished joy to this lean, hateful dweller in the between-worlds; to Nahoum it was part of a life which was all ritual and intrigue, gabbling superstition and innate fatalism, decorated falsehood and a brave philosophy.
Example #3
If Kaid knew of this tonight, I should be a prisoner before cockcrow.
Example #4
To-night I am weak, because I am poor.
Example #5
All that is his shall be mine, for at once the men of law shall be summoned, and my inheritance secured before Kaid shall even know of his death.
Example #6
I shall take my chances for my life.