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Re: Proposed ballot for the constitutional amendment

On Mon, 2003-10-13 at 20:15, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
> >> your ballot; the voting mechanism shall not be able to decrypt your
> >> message.
> > I'm no native speaker of english, but that "shall" seems strange to
> > me.  Maybe a "will" would be more appropriate?
> 	No. I was taught English which may well be considered archaic
>  in todays post-modernistic world;  however, the usage falls under the
>  the colored future system (described in
>  http://www.bartleby.com/116/213.html).
> 	In an expression of the speaker's (not necessarily the
>  subject's) wish, intention, menace, assurance, consent, refusal,
>  promise, offer, permission, command, &c. -- in such sentences the
>  first person has will/would, the second and third persons
>  shall/should.

Nevertheless, that use of "shall" is so strange that I had to read the
sentence twice to understand it.  It is not correct English.

The sentence does not fit the grammatical rule you quote, because a
voting mechanism is incapable of having or expressing an intention or
purpose.  It is just a thing, and you are merely describing how it will
behave, therefore the proper word to use is "will".

Oliver Elphick                                Oliver.Elphick@lfix.co.uk
Isle of Wight, UK                             http://www.lfix.co.uk/oliver
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     "And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke
      many people; and they shall beat their swords into 
      plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks; nation
      shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall 
      they learn war any more."       Isaiah 2:4 

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