- [ I shall/will
they will] – + infinitive without to
questions: shall/will I; will you, will he/she/it, etc.
negatives: I will/shall not you will not, etc.
contractions: I’ll, you’ll, he’lletc; shan’t, won’t.
In modern English, I shall and I will, we shall and we will are used with the same meaning to talk about the future. We prefer I will in promises and threats, and shall I in offers:
We say that things will happen when they are not already planned or obviously on the way.
- Who do you think will win on Saturday?
Tomorrow will be warm, with some cloud in the afternoon.
One day I shall/I will/l’ll be rich.
When I say that something is happening, or is going to happen in the future, I probably have outside evidence for what I say — for example I can show you a page in a diary, black’clouds in the sky, a person who is going to fall.
When I say that something will happen, I do not have outside evidence to show you. i am telling you what I know, or believe, or have calculated and I am asking you to believe what I say. Compare:
He’s not very good. He’s going to fall.
I reckon it’ll cost about The builder’s just sent his estimate.
£7,000 to repair the roof. It’s going to cost £9,000 to repair the roof.