On Wed, 22 Apr 2020 18:04:19 +0000 (UTC), Louis Epstein
Post by Louis Epstein Post by Paul S Person
On Wed, 22 Apr 2020 00:00:17 +0000 (UTC), Louis Epstein
Post by Louis Epstein
The present monarch of Great Britain has now reached the age of ninety-four,
never reached by Eomer (or Thain Isumbras III,or the Masters of Buckland
Marmadoc and Saradoc Brandybuck)...only Aldor the Old among the Kings of
the Mark remains as having reached a greater age.
Shall she surpass him?
But would not "Will she surpass him?" have been better?
Or is this some Brit/American English thing?
I'm really not sure which word works best to what listener...
but my intention is to ask whether it is going to happen,
without implying a deliberate act unnecessarily.
(To what extent is survival consciously willed and to what extent
a consequence of life processes?)
No doubt it reflects my age and education, but, in that case, "will"
would be what you want -- for second and third person -- and "shall"
would be a command to do what you ordered.
In first person, just to make this even more pedantic, these meanings
/reverse/: "I shall" indicates what you intend to do; "I will"
indicates what you are going to do (or, at least, are determined to
do, or are promising to do).
With all that confusion, it is no wonder that these details are
I mean, really -- the meaning depends on the /person/ (1st vs 2nd or
3rd, not who is being addressed or referred to).
"I begin to envy Petronius."
"I have envied him long since."