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shall
American English: /ʃæl/
, /ʃəl/
British English: /ʃal/
, /ʃ(ə)l/

modal verb past tense should

  • 1 (with 1st person) 1.1 (in statements about the future) See examples: 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)
    no podremos or no vamos a poder venir
    Jenny, pick up your toys — shan't! (British English)
    Jenny, recoge los juguetes — ¡no quiero!
    Example sentences
    • I shall ignore the questions which do not apply to a particular item.
    • I shall return to this question later at paragraph 124 and following.
    • Where I think it relevant, helpful and permissible to take into account other material I shall indicate what it is.
    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)
    ¿qué podemos hacer?
    Example sentences
    • The question here is where shall we go for this data and what data will we need next?
  • 2 (with 2nd and 3rd persons) (in commands, promises etc) See examples: they shall not pass
    no pasarán
    thou shalt not steal (Bible)
    Example sentences
    • Under your command shall be the battleships Loyalty and Honour, and the frigates Hope and Truth.
    • Two years ago, I received an email from an executive in the cinema exhibition industry, who shall remain nameless.
    • From the hubbub and colorful chaos of Delhi she journeyed to a town in the Midwest that shall remain unnamed.

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    In some Andean countries, particularly Chile, onces is a light meal eaten between five and six p.m., the equivalent of "afternoon tea" in Britain. In Colombia, on the other hand, onces is a light snack eaten between breakfast and lunch. It is also known as mediasnueves.