Good day to you all!
I have an admission… I do not belong to the Language faculty, but that of Science. A distinct foreigner in the world of prose and grammar, I hope you can help this endeavour prove fruitful for my query lies firmly within the bosom of the English language.
Shall or will?
I will be using the word ‘will’ from now on, as this is my lecturers’ preference and perhaps more suited to the world of science; but it made me curious to which word you should use in which context. A little research has simply made things more complicated; nobody seems to truly know!
‘Shall’ seems to be dropping out of favour so it may simply be a question of personal preference. Others say it’s a question if perspective; I shall, we shall, they will. Or perhaps a question of intent, I shall do that (intending), I will do that (definite). And so the list goes on.
Can anyone help shed light on this conundrum?