Question: will and shall in journal writing
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I am doing a study on the use of modals by journal writers. Among
other things, I found that many of the writers in my data employ
the modals will and shall in volitional sense interchangeably .
i.e. One of the writers, for example, at the beginning of his article
uses volitional will as in :
THE ORGANISATION OF THIS PAPER IS AS FOLLOWS.
FIRST, WE WILL PROVIDE A GENERAL BACKGROUND TO
COMMUNICATIVE APPROACHES ....
and then, at a later stage of his article, he changes to
volitional shall, as in:
I SHALL SUGGEST IN THE DISCUSSION OF THE MODEL THAT ...
What I would like to know is whether you yourself adopt this
approach in your journal or dissertation writing If you do, could
you please offer some explanation.
University of Sheffield
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