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Shall (IPA: /ˈʃæɫ/)

Shall (v. i. & auxiliary.)

To owe; to be under obligation for.

Shall (v. i. & auxiliary.)

To be obliged; must.

Shall (v. i. & auxiliary.)

As an auxiliary, shall indicates a duty or necessity whose obligation is derived from the person speaking; as, you shall go; he shall go; that is, I order or promise your going. It thus ordinarily expresses, in the second and third persons, a command, a threat, or a promise. If the auxillary be emphasized, the command is made more imperative, the promise or that more positive and sure. It is also employed in the language of prophecy; as, "LFT the day shall come when . . . , "LFT since a promise or threat and an authoritative prophecy nearly coincide in significance. In shall with the first person, the necessity of the action is sometimes implied as residing elsewhere than in the speaker; as, I shall suffer; we shall see; and there is always a less distinct and positive assertion of his volition than is indicated by will. "LFT I shall go RHT" implies nearly a simple futurity; more exactly, a foretelling or an expectation of my going, in which, naturally enough, a certain degree of plan or intention may be included; emphasize the shall, and the event is described as certain to occur, and the expression approximates in meaning to our emphatic "LFT I will go. RHT" In a question, the relation of speaker and source of obligation is of course transferred to the person addressed; as, "LFT Shall you go? RHT" (answer, "LFT I shall go"); "LFT Shall he go? RHT" i. e., "LFT Do you require or promise his going? RHT" (answer, "LFT He shall go RHT".) The same relation is transferred to either second or third person in such phrases as "LFT You say, or think, you shall go; RHT" "LFT He says, or thinks, he shall go. RHT" After a conditional conjunction (as if, whether) shall is used in all persons to express futurity simply; as, if I, you, or he shall say they are right. Should is everywhere used in the same connection and the same senses as shall, as its imperfect. It also expresses duty or moral obligation; as, he should do it whether he will or not. In the early English, and hence in our English Bible, shall is the auxiliary mainly used, in all the persons, to express simple futurity. (Cf. Will, v. t.) Shall may be used elliptically; thus, with an adverb or other word expressive of motion go may be omitted.


Family name

SHALL (Acronym / Abbreviation)

Shipborne Helicopter Approach and Landing Lighting

Shall Rhymes

Al, Al., Bal, Cal, Dal, Gal, Hal, Halle, Kal, Kral, Lal, Mal, Malle, Pal, Sal, Schmal, Shall, Thal, Val

Bansal, Canal, Cargal, Chagall, Corral, Coufal, Devalle, Doral, Duval, Huval, Lasalle, Locale, Morale, Pascal, Pascale, Prchal, Roubal, Royale, Vidal, Vitale, Yigal

Amaral, Carbajal, Carvajal, Chaparral, Coval, Dolezal, Generale, L'oreal, Maneval, Nadal, Perceval, Rationale

Commerciale, Guadalcanal, Nasional

Shall (Last Name / Surname)

Shall is the #59,171 most common last name / surname from the 2010 United States Census. The census reported that 342 people had that surname.

Spanish Translation

Shall in Spanish is Deberá

Tagalog Translation

Shall in Tagalog is Pandiwang

Example Sentence (Quote)

" "That this nation, under God shall have a new birth of freedom." - Freedom

Example Sentence (Quote)

" (talking about Asuma to Itachi) He bothers me. Shall I kill him?" - Naruto

Example Sentence (Quote)

".. .and their hope shall be as the giving up of the ghost." - Book of Job

Example Sentence (Quote)

" [repeated line] Stop this felonious and unlawful act or I shall have to use force." - Inspector Gadget 2

Example Sentence (Quote)

" [T]he right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." - United States

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