Friday, July 27, 2012

Does "shall" deserve a respectful burial?

In the August ABA Journal, Bryan Garner argues that lawyers should abandon the use of "shall" to indicate a mandatory action. He points out that Americans seldom use the word in ordinary discourse, and that its several meanings can create ambiguities--it can mean should or even may. Garner himself avoids the word and repalces it with must, will, is, may, or is entitled to to express his intended meaning.


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