matadorpoeta: I should be happy to use those phrases in a sentence. We should be happy to use those phrases in a sentence. You would be happy to use those phrases in a sentence. They would be happy to use those phrases in a sentence. I shall use those phrases ... We shall use those phrases They will use those phrases You will use those phrases. En ingles, el verbo que es corecto cambia con la persona quien esta hablando. Por ejemplo, cuando la persona es el primero (I, We), el verbo es "shall". Cuando la persona es la tercera, el verbo es "will". Mucha gente tiene confusion en eso y la majoria piensan que el verbo no importa. La verdad es que, para la gente quien quieren protejar la lengua Ingles, este es importante. Intiende? Edit: Damn - can't spell in any language.
Hola Alex- As a non-native speaker I found your post very intriguing (and also a bit confusing) so I investigated a bit and confirmed my findings with a faculty member from the English Dept of my University. In a nutshell, the use of "will" in 1st person is correct, with the excepion of very formal situations. It is up to forum members what level of formality they want to convey (I think the SF is an informal and relaxed setting), without harming the English languaje in any way. On the other hand, the use of the verbs "should" and "would" in any person and under all situations is entirely correct. I hope my findings are of interest to non-native and native speakers alike, and thank you Alex for bringing such interesting point into the discussion. I have learned a good deal from it. -------- "Will" is now commonly used for all persons, except in the first person for questions--say "Shall I go" v. "Will I go"--and in formal contexts--say "We shall consider each of your reasons" v. "We will consider each of your reasons" "Should" is used for all persons when condition or obligation is being expressed--e.g., "If he should stay . . ."; "We should go" "Would" is used for all persons to express a wish or customary action--e.g., "Would that I had listened"; "I would ride the same bus every day" [Prentice-Hall Handbook for Writers]