When shall is used to form the future tense in English, the same rules apply as for will. You will find a note on this and on question tags and short answers in the grammar note . Note, however, that while shall can be used in question tags like other auxiliaries ( we shan't be late, shall we? = non faremo mica tardi, vero?), it is also used in the question tag for the imperative construction introduced by let's with no precise and fixed equivalent in Italian: let's go shopping, shall we? = andiamo a fare spese, eh? let's start working, shall we? = mettiamoci a lavorare, dai!
- 1 (in future tense) See examples:I shall o I'll see you tomorrowwe shall not o shan't have a reply before Fridayti vedrò domaninon avremo una risposta prima di venerdì
- 2 (in suggestions) See examples:shall I set the table?shall we go to the cinema tonight?apparecchio la tavola? vuoi che apparecchi la tavola?let's buy some peaches, shall we?andiamo al cinema stasera?compriamo delle pesche, va bene?
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Grammar and usage help for Italian:
- Italian Grammar Notes for English speakers translating into Italian 33: WILL1
- Italian Grammar Notes for English speakers translating into Italian 10: HER
- Italian Grammar Notes for English speakers translating into Italian 11: HIS
- Italian Grammar Notes for English speakers translating into Italian 12: IN
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