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Shall - what does it mean? I stumbled on sentence: "The product shall be connected using a shielded network cable (STP)." I can't understand. Must I use STP or it is just recommended and I can use UTP cable?
Jan 19, 2016 4:23 AM
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It means “will” or “must.” It is used much more in British English than in American English: Americans almost never speak the word. It is often used in legal documents and instructions to mean “you will/must do this” or “this will/must happen” (e.g., “This contract shall expire on 31 December, 2018”). When used in questions, it often replaces “should” or “do you want to” (e.g., “Shall we go now?”).
January 19, 2016
Often in engineering requirements documents, "shall" means that the requirement is absolute, that you must do it. Otherwise, a recommendation is denoted by the term "should". See e.g.
January 19, 2016
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