I shall be 17

Rachel Conti rconti at STUDENT.UMASS.EDU
Thu Apr 12 15:19:13 UTC 2001

I'm a native American English speaker of a younger generation (early 20s),
and until people pointed out that it sounded odd, "I shall be 17 next month"
sounded fine to me.  Before the ensuing debate, I wouldn't have judged it as
ill formed.  Now, I'm not sure if I'm tuning into some prescriptive rules
but "will" does sound better in this place.

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