- Used before a verb in the infinitive to show: (auxiliary-verb)
- Something that will take place or exist in the future: We shall arrive tomorrow. (auxiliary-verb)
- Something, such as an order, promise, requirement, or obligation: You shall leave now. He shall answer for his misdeeds. The penalty shall not exceed two years in prison. (auxiliary-verb)
- The will to do something or have something take place: I shall go out if I feel like it. (auxiliary-verb)
- Something that is inevitable: That day shall come. (auxiliary-verb)
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