...in my garden of Paradise this little bird shall sing for evermore

flowersophy

Senior Member
Chinese-China
Hi,

...in my garden of Paradise this little bird shall sing for evermore, and in my city of gold the Happy Prince shall praise me.
(Quoted from the last sentence of The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde)

Is "shall" in the context used to express "strong intension" or "determination"?

Many thanks!
 
  • Retired-teacher

    Senior Member
    British English
    If spoken with emphasis or written with emphasis as you have done, then yes. Otherwise it is really the same as "will".
     

    PaulQ

    Banned
    UK
    English - England
    "shall", which is now rarely used, expresses a "strong intention" or something that is very close to a certainty.
     
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