modal verb past tense of should
- 1 (with 1st person) 1.1 (in statements about the future) I/we shall be very interested to see what happenstendré/tendremos mucho interés en ver qué sucedeI said we should have to economizedije que tendríamos que economizarwe shan't be able to come (British English)no podremos or no vamos a poder venirJenny, pick up your toys — shan't! (British English)Jenny, recoge los juguetes — ¡no quiero!Example sentences1.2 (making suggestions, asking for assent)
The present tense is used in this type of question in Spanishshall I open/close the window?¿abro/cierro la ventana?shall we go out tonight?
- 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.
¿quieres ( or quiere etc) que abra/cierre la ventana?¿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) they shall not passno pasaránthou 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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