Shall is a modal verb used in question forms to ask for instructions or formulating requests in a polite way.
We form questions using Shall by using this structure:
Shall + subject + verb + (?).
- Shall I bring you an aperitif? (Do you want an aperitif?)
- Shall I bring you a glass? (I can bring you a glass.)
- Shall we do it for you? (Will we do it for you?)
- Shall I ask for the bill now? (Can I ask for the bill now?)
- Shall I book a table? (I can book a table.)
- Shall we go to an Italian restaurant? (Let’s go to an Italian restaurant.)
- Asking for instructions
- My guests are vegetarians, what shall I cook?
- I’m allergic to onion so what shall I do if I accidentally eat some?
- What shall we do if the baby doesn’t drink the milk?
We use Shall when we ask questions or when make requests in a more polite way. It is used only in the first person singular and plural to:
- Offer services;
- Make suggestions;
- Ask for instuctions.
We use the modal verb Shall in question forms to ask for instructions or formulating requests in a polite way.
The structure of the sentence is as follows:
Shall + subject + verb + (?) (e.g. Shall I refill your drink?).
— “Shall I refill your drink?” = The speaker offers to refill the person’s drink.
— “Shall we go now?” = The speaker suggests to leave the place.
— “I finished studying English, what shall I study now?” = The speaker asks for an instruction.
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