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verb (inf= - , shall, -, should, -)
  1. (Modal auxiliary verb. Defective.)Used before a verb to indicate the simple future tense, particularly in the first person singular or plural.
I sing in the choir tomorrow
  1. Used similarly to indicate determination or obligation, particularly in the second and third persons singular and plural.
(determination): You go to the ball!
(obligation): Citizens provide proof of identity.
  1. Used in questions to suggest a possible future action.
Shall we go out later?
  1. (archaic) Used to indicate destiny or certainty.
Goodness and mercy follow me all the days of my life.
  1. (obsolete) To owe.
Translations: 
  • French: followed by the infinitive is translated by si and the imperfect tense, or, informally, without si and with the present tense
  • Dutch: zullen
    (trans-mid)
  • Italian: followed by the infinitive is translated by the present tense
Etymology: sculan, sceal, of Germanic origin.Compare Dutch zal.


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