What's the difference when we use "shall" and "will"?

China
January 20, 2010 8:57am CST
When I was reading a little story, I was confused with the two words. What's the differece when we use "shall" and "will"? For examples: We shall meet him at the harbour early in the morning. We will meet him at the harbour early in the morning.
3 responses
@katkat (2379)
• Philippines
20 Jan 10
Grammar Girl has discussed it. Based on what I can remember, there's not much of a difference. Will is most often, but in formal situation one should use shall. In formal documents or contracts shall is often used than will.
• China
20 Jan 10
Thanks for the important information!
@tap0991 (2767)
• United States
20 Jan 10
well just think how you would use it. We shall see. Meaning it is a possibility that is not under a lot of consideration. We will see. Meaning it is a possibility that is under consideration.
• China
20 Jan 10
Really helped. Thanks~~~~~~~~~~~
• Australia
20 Jan 10
Well, I think that "shall" means sort of "maybe,not sure", and will is when you decided or ready
• China
20 Jan 10
Thanks. I'll use them accurately.