Translation of shall in Spanish:

shall

Pronunciation: /ʃæl; weak forms ʃl; ʃəl/

modal v (past tense of/pasado de should)

  • 1 (with 1st person) 1.1 (in statements about the future) I/we shall be very interested to see what happens tendré/tendremos mucho interés en ver qué sucede I said we should have to economize dije que tendríamos que economizar we shan't be able to come (British English/inglés británico) no podremos or no vamos a poder venir Jenny, pick up your toys — shan't! (British English/inglés británico) Jenny, recoge los juguetes — ¡no quiero! 1.2 (making suggestions, asking for assent) The present tense is used in this type of question in Spanish shall I open/close the window? ¿abro/cierro la ventana?, ¿quieres ( or quiere etc) que abra/cierre la ventana? shall we go out tonight? ¿qué te ( or le etc) parece si salimos esta noche? shall we dance? ¿bailamos? I'll ask him, shall I? le pregunto ¿sí? or ¿te ( or le etc) parece? let's try again, shall we? intentémoslo otra vez ¿sí? or ¿te ( or le etc) parece? whatever shall we do? (British English/inglés británico) ¿qué podemos hacer?
  • 2 (with 2nd and 3rd persons) (in commands, promises etc) they shall not pass no pasarán thou shalt not steal [Bible/Biblia] no robarás

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