An example of shall is someone saying they're are expected to do something; "You shall go to school."
An example of shall is someone saying they will go to the beach if it's sunny outside; "I shall go to the beach if it's sunny outside."
The fine shall not exceed $200
I shall probably go tomorrow.
(determination): You shall go to the ball!
(obligation): Citizens shall provide proof of identity.
Shall we go out later?
Shall I invite them?
- Something that will take place or exist in the future.We shall arrive tomorrow.
- An order, promise, requirement, or obligation.You shall leave now. He shall answer for his misdeeds. The penalty shall not exceed two years in prison.
- The will to do something or have something take place.I shall go out if I feel like it.
- Something that is inevitable.That day shall come.
You shall have to wait your turn.
If any man shall hear, let him remember.
I shall sing in the choir tomorrow.
Origin of shall
- Middle English schal from Old English sceal skel-2 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English schal (first and third person singular form of schulen), from Old English sceal (first and third person singular of sculan (“to be obligated or obliged to, shall, must, owe, ought to"), from Proto-Germanic *skulanÄ…, from Proto-Indo-European *skal- (“to owe, be under obligation"), *(s)kel-. Cognate with Scots sall, sal (“shall"), Dutch zal ("shall"; from zullen), German soll ("ought to"; from sollen), Danish skall ("shall"; from skulle). Related to shild.