Word of the Day
The word "shall" is a modal verb that is similar to the modal verbs "should" and "will." This is not a commonly used verb; however, there are some specific applications and popular expressions that you should know about. The word "shall" is also one of those things that make American English different from British English. In countries where British English is spoken, "shall" is much more common.
If you do hear "shall" used in the United States, here are some examples:
When expressing one’s determination to do something, the word "shall" might be used, especially when a person delivers a speech:
The word "shall" appears in older versions of the Bible, such as the King James Bible published in 1605. Because the Bible is often quoted word for word by Biblical scholars and other Bible enthusiasts, you will hear quotations such as these from the Ten Commandments (adhered to by followers of Judaism and Christianity):
A little child shall lead them.
Legal documents also include the word "shall" when referring to an obligation or some duty under the law. Some legal experts claim this to be an outdated usage; however, there is the possibility that you will come across it when examining a contract or an agreement.
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January 20, 2020