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Native speakers use word "shall" in English? Like: "Shall I phone you this evening?"
Feb 26, 2014 11:37 AM
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You could use your construction "Shall I phone you this evening ?" but the context would be something like "We have to organize our notes soon. Shall I phone you this evening ?" Notice the context is talking about a topic previously known to the speakers and is offering a possible solution and asking for an agreement. If you were asking someone if you could phone, you might say "Can I phone you this evening ?" If you were telling someone what was going to happen, you would probably say "I will phone you this evening".
February 26, 2014
"Do native speakers use the word 'shall' in English?" There's this funny myth being taught in Russian-speaking countries (Not sure how I should word that - I do realise you're from Ukraine) that native English speakers don't use "shall" anymore. Well, what an absolute lie that is. :) We certainly do use shall in offers or suggestions such as "Shall I phone you this evening?" This is elementary level. Using another modal changes the meaning. As well as the daily use of shall, once you get past intermediate level, you will definitely discover the other functions of shall, and realise that you do need to know how this modal works. My advice? Get a better textbook... written by a native English teacher. There are too many other fictions and fake rules being taught to students, and this "obsolete shall" is just the tip of the iceberg.
February 26, 2014
да, для вежливого предложения
February 26, 2014
something related, how "May I" differs from "Shall I"? thank you
February 26, 2014
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