Unit 11.2

Questions with Shall…?

Syntax

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 + …?

  1. Offers/Volunteering
    • Shall I bring you an aperitif?
    • Shall I bring you a glass?
    • Shall we do it for you?
  2.  Suggestions
    • Shall I ask for the bill now?
    • Shall I book a table?
    • Shall we go to an Italian restaurant?
  3. 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 with I and we when we ask questions or when make requests in a more polite way.
It is used in the first person (singular and plural) to:

  1. Offer services;
  2. Make suggestions;
  3. 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 + …?

For example:
— “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.

Let’s revise this content within the [Form] section. Take a look at the [Example] section that shows its use within a context.

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