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Autor:  pat
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Data:  20/AGO/2004 9:19 AM
Assunto:  Re: To Pat about shall
Mensagem:  Howdy Johanes! Well, it may be that I don't know what I'm talking about, as this is very ambiguous and debatable territory. I don't pretend to be a pedagouge. As I said though, using 'shall' in a question is certainly still current usage (even though incorrect, in my opinion), but is reserved for when one is wanting to seem very proper and polite. Much more common would be: "do you want me to open/close the door?", etc. What one is really saying with "shall I close the door?" is "MUST I close the door?". That is a somewhat different question from "would you like me to close the door?" Now, just as one can phrase the question in the very near future tense with "would you like"/ 'should I", one can also phrase it in the immediate tense with "will you have me close the door?" or "will I?" for short. Of the four different choices, will/would shall/should, I think 'shall' is the least correct. Do I make any sense?

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To Pat about shall  –  Johannes  18/AGO/2004, 10:08 AM
 Re: To Pat about shall  –  pat  20/AGO/2004, 9:19 AM
Re: To Pat about shall  –  Johannes  21/AGO/2004, 5:45 AM
Re: To Pat about shall  –  pat  21/AGO/2004, 7:43 AM

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