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Finding a verb word in French

 
 
Reply Sun 20 Jun, 2004 11:37 pm
Dear Moderators,

How can I precisely translate English verb 'Shall' into French word?

Regards,
Francesco Andrio
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thehamster
 
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Reply Mon 21 Jun, 2004 01:35 am
http://www.wordreference.com/fr/translation.asp?enfr=shall

Imperative that is?
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joefromchicago
 
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Reply Mon 21 Jun, 2004 11:35 am
Re: Finding a verb word in French
francescoandrio wrote:
How can I precisely translate English verb 'Shall' into French word?

"Shall" is an auxiliary verb denoting either: (1) a command or exhortation ("you shall go"); (2) future certainty ("it shall happen"); (3) the future tense ("we shall go to the store"); or (4) in questions where there is uncertainty regarding ability or permission ("shall we go to the store?"). See this link for a more complete definition.

In the first case, "shall" is similar to "must." In the second and third cases, it is similar to "will." In the fourth case, it is similar to "can" or "may."

In French, the command would be translated as "faire" or "falloir," depending on the context. The future cases would either be translated as a form of "aller" or would not be translated at all (since the future tense in French is a simple, rather than a compound, tense). In the case of questions, it would also probably not be translated at all, or the French might use a reflexive construction.
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danload
 
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Reply Mon 21 Jun, 2004 12:10 pm
"I shall go" = J'irais (future tense of the verb "Aller", first person, singular)
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