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shall

v. 1) an imperative command as in "you shall not kill." 2) in some statutes, "shall" is a direction but does not mean mandatory, depending on the context.

shall

verb as required will, by compulsion will, by imperative will, mandatorily will, obligatorily will
Associated concepts: shall be lawful, shall be legal, shall beeome, shall give, shall have, shall not, shall perform, shall work
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We shan't, either of us; which is worse still," said the eldest.
Of course I want you to stop, though I shan't be here many days; but I feel responsible for you, Cole, and that's the fact.
It'll mean, too, I'm afraid, that I shan't be as free for a considerable time as I have been," he continued.
And I shan't be easy if we don't handcuff him before we leave the room," returned the other.
I shan't tell you; but I 'm not going," was Polly's determined answer.
I 'll go and ask grandma what I can do; for if I 've got to make something for every one, I must begin right away, or I shan't get done;" and off she bustled, glad to forget her remorse in hard work.
Frieda's just asked me to Stettin, and I shan't be back till after the New Year.
Why, the husband sends back word that the medicine won't suit his wife's complaint, and so she shan't take it--says she shan't take it, sir
No place on earth I'd rather be, each other we shan't leave.
Mr Arbuthnot added: "It's partly because I shan't be standing in the general election next year.
I shan't even comment on his idea of plants killing each other in a compost heap
I hope that will be rectified when I visit Old Court Nurseries at Colwall near Malvern in Worcestershire this week because I know I shan't be able to resist indulging myself and buying a few, just as I can't resist at any of the nurseries that we go to.