Will vs. Shall

Will vs. Shall — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Will and Shall

Willnoun

The mental faculty by which one deliberately chooses or decides upon a course of action

championed freedom of will against a doctrine of predetermination.

Shallverb

Used before a verb to indicate the simple future tense in the first person singular or plural.

I shall sing in the choir tomorrow.I hope that we shall win the game.

Willnoun

Diligent purposefulness; determination

an athlete with the will to win.

Shallverb

Used similarly to indicate determination or obligation in the second and third persons singular or plural.

(determination): You shall go to the ball!(obligation): Citizens shall provide proof of identity.

Willnoun

Self-control; self-discipline

lacked the will to overcome the addiction.

Shallverb

Used in questions with the first person singular or plural to suggest a possible future action.

Shall I help you with that?Shall we go out later?Let us examine that, shall we?

Willnoun

A desire, purpose, or determination, especially of one in authority

It is the sovereign's will that the prisoner be spared.

Shallverb

(obsolete) To owe.

Willnoun

Deliberate intention or wish

Let it be known that I took this course of action against my will.

Willnoun

Free discretion; inclination or pleasure

wandered about, guided only by will.

Willnoun

Bearing or attitude toward others; disposition

full of good will.

Willnoun

A legal declaration of how a person wishes their personal possessions to be disposed of after death.

Willnoun

A legally executed document containing this declaration.

Willverb

To decide on or intend

He can finish the race if he wills it.

Willverb

To yearn for; desire

“She makes you will your own destruction” (George Bernard Shaw).

Willverb

To decree, dictate, or order

believed that the outcome was willed by the gods.

Willverb

To induce or try to induce by sheer force of will

We willed the sun to come out.

Willverb

To grant in a legal will; bequeath

willed his fortune to charity.

Willverb

To order to direct in a legal will

She willed that her money be given to charity.

Willverb

To exercise the will.

Willverb

To make a choice; choose

Do as you will.

Willverb

To wish; desire

Do what you will. Sit here if you will. See Usage Note at shall.

Willverb

To wish, desire (something).

Do what you will.

Willverb

To wish or desire (that something happen); to intend (that).

Willverb

(auxiliary) To habitually do (a given action).

Willverb

(auxiliary) To choose to (do something), used to express intention but without any temporal connotations (+ bare infinitive).

Willverb

(auxiliary) Used to express the future tense, sometimes with some implication of volition when used in the first person. Compare shall.

Willverb

(auxiliary) To be able to, to have the capacity to.

Unfortunately, only one of these gloves will actually fit over my hand.

Willverb

(archaic) To wish, desire.

Willverb

To instruct (that something be done) in one's will.

Willverb

(transitive) To try to make (something) happen by using one's will (intention).

All the fans were willing their team to win the game.

Willverb

(transitive) To bequeath (something) to someone in one's will (legal document).

He willed his stamp collection to the local museum.

Willnoun

One's independent faculty of choice; the ability to be able to exercise one's choice or intention.

Of course, man's will is often regulated by his reason.

Willnoun

One's intention or decision; someone's orders or commands.

Eventually I submitted to my parents' will.

Willnoun

The act of choosing to do something; a person’s conscious intent or volition.

Most creatures have a will to live.

Willnoun

A formal declaration of one's intent concerning the disposal of one's property and holdings after death; the legal document stating such wishes.

Willnoun

(archaic) That which is desired; one's wish.

Willnoun

(archaic) Desire, longing. (Now generally merged with later senses.)

He felt a great will to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Willnoun

the capability of conscious choice and decision and intention;

the exercise of their volition we construe as revolt

Willnoun

a fixed and persistent intent or purpose;

where there's a will there's a way

Willnoun

a legal document declaring a person's wishes regarding the disposal of their property when they die

Willverb

decree or ordain;

God wills our existence

Willverb

have in mind;

I will take the exam tomorrow

Willverb

determine by choice;

This action was willed and intended

Willverb

leave or give by will after one's death;

My aunt bequeathed me all her jewelryMy grandfather left me his entire estate