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Marlboroughlights1 · 20/10/2018 07:43

Dear amazing, helpful bunch,

My novel drags on. Another week, another draft.

One quick question

1959 ' I shall...' or 'I will' (I'll) dialogue? I've mixed it up. But now I'm wondering if it's always I shall...

Thanks xx

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Heratnumber7 · 20/10/2018 08:22

Shall and will mean different things. What are you trying to decide?

"You shall go to the ball" = you can/you are able to/you are allowed to go to the ball.

"you will go to the ball" = either a statement of fact, or a degree of compulsion involved. (You will go to the ball, because I say so)

ushuaiamonamour · 20/10/2018 08:40

Best instructive example I've seen: 'No one shall help me. I will drown.' v 'No one will help me. I shall drown.'

No doubt you can find the rules that (used to, mostly) govern the usage easily. If you're really serious about writing it would do no harm to have a copy of Fowler anyway.

You're right that period makes a difference but I think social class would too and I know the form of English does; 'will', especially, is used differently in Hibernian English from UK English.

Marlboroughlights1 · 21/10/2018 06:47

Thanks so much, that's really helpful

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