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Re: High Rate of ballot rejections this year

>> On Tue, 25 Mar 2003 07:13:33 +0100 (CET),
>> Peter Karlsson <peter@softwolves.pp.se> said: 

 > Manoj Srivastava:
 >> Why is it harsh? I certainly did not mean it to be. It was meant
 >> to be a statement of fact.

 > Okay, the use of "shall" instead of "will" just sounded very weird
 > to me. But then again, English is not my mother tongue, so I might
 > just have misunderstood it.

	Here is how I undesrtanfd the Shall/Will distinction:

	Shall is used to express the simple future for first person I
	and we, as in "Shall we meet by the river?" Will would be used
	in the simple future for all other persons. Using will in the
	first person would express determination on the part of the
	speaker, as in "We will finish this project by tonight, by
	golly!" Using shall in second and third persons would indicate
	some kind of promise about the subject, as in "This shall be
	revealed to you in good time."

There are places I'll remember All my life though some have
changed. Some forever not for better Some have gone and some
remain. All these places had their moments With lovers and friends I
still recall. Some are dead and some are living, In my life I've loved
them all.  But of all these friends and lovers, There is no one
compared with you, All these memories lose their meaning When I think
of love as something new. Though I know I'll never lose affection For
people and things that went before, I know I'll often stop and think
about them In my life I'll love you more. Lennon/McCartney, "In My
Life", 1965
Manoj Srivastava   <srivasta@debian.org>  <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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