English Test: ____ I open the window?

What’s the difference between will, would / shall, should?

Will:

Will is used to show desire, preference, choice or consent:
I will accept your offer.
Will you please be quiet?

To show the future:
It will be a great party.
I will probably go out tonight.

To express capability:
The ship will take three hundred guests.
This bottle will hold two litres of wine.

To express determination or insistence:
I will pass my driving test.
I will do as you say.

Would:

Would – used to show preference
I would rather go to the cinema today. (I prefer going to the cinema today.)

Would – to show a wish
I would like to have more free time.

Would – for advice
If I were you, I would study economics.

Shall:

Shall – to make a suggestion
Shall we dance?
Shall I go now?

Shall for obligation in very formal situations
You shall obey the rules.
Students shall not enter here.
There shall be no food and drink on the premises.

Should:

Should is often used to give an opinion, to make a suggestion, express a preference or an idea.
You should stay at home if you are feeling tired.
I should walk to work.
He should be more open to ideas.

Should – to ask for an opinion.
Should we tell him about our idea?
What should we do now?

 

  • 1) We _ leave now or we will miss the last train.



  • 2) _ we meet tomorrow morning?



  • 3) I _ like a cup of coffee, please.



  • 4) Do you think we _ tell Sarah about Peter?



  • 5) I _ probably spend the holidays with my family.



  • 6) Danny _ prefer having the meeting next week.



 

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