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We shall make the following main points

There are two questions in regard to this sentence.

1) What's the difference between will and shall in terms of meaning?

2) what's the structure of this sentence?

Is this a sentence that has the same structure as " we will make a desk," or "we will make you a student"?

FYI, the following is the full sentence.

We shall make the following main points in our discussion of the possibilities of governanace and the role of the state:(1) blah blah,
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I could answer your first question.
"shall" is also use for "We", but "shall" is more formal.
Kwon Ki Poong:

(1) According to the rules, there is a difference between shall and will.

(a) For I and we, the rule is: shall is used for the simple future.

(i) It is now 6 p.m., so I shall now eat my dinner.

will is used for volition (when you are determined to do something).

When you have the will to do something.

(i) Tom told me not to do that. I do not care what he said.

I will do it!!!

(2) Here in the United States, most people do not follow this

rule. They use will for both the future and volition.

(3) Therefore, I think that most Americans would say:

We will make the following main points... .

(4) Americans usually use shall for questions:

The music is nice. Shall we dance?

Martha is on the telephone. Shall I tell her that you are too sick to speak with her?

(5) For you, he, she, and it :

will is used for the future; shall is used for volition.

(6) As I said, these rules are not always followed. There are also

many exceptions and special uses. It is very complicated.

(7) Maybe the best way to learn these two words is to post

a sentence and ask whether shall or will should be used and

to ask for an explanation.

Good luck
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thank you very much for your detailed explanation.

best wishes
We shall make the following main points

What's the structure of this sentence?

Is this a sentence that has the same structure as " we will make a desk," or "we will make you a student"?

FYI, the following is the full sentence.

We shall make the following main points in our discussion of the possibilities of governanace and the role of the state: (1) blah blah, (2) etc.
Kwon Ki PoongWe shall make the following main points
What's the structure of this sentence?
Is this a sentence that has the same structure as " we will make a desk,"
Yes. It's the same structure, although the meaning of "make" is different. If you make a point, you use words and/or images to explain the point. If you make a desk, you use materials like wood.

CJ
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