will/shall

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Jan 25 12:49:07 UTC 2001


At 2:20 PM -0800 1/25/01, Kim & Rima McKinzey wrote:
>>Shall we leave?
>>#Will we leave?  [OK, but not as a suggestion]
>
>"Shall we leave?" sounds odd to me, but "Shall we go?" does not.  And
>right off hand I can't think of any other situation in which shall
>would be used in normal conversation.
>
>Rima

"Shall we dance?", uttered when you're bar-hopping just after
attending a performance of "The King and I"?  And as mentioned, I've
used it and heard it used with null complement anaphora:  "Shall we?"
tout court.
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