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# Opening with tributes to jazz-age divas like Bessie Smith

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Opening with tributes to jazz-age divas like Bessie Smith and
closing with Koko Taylor's electrified gravel-and-thunder songs,<the
program will trace> the blue'vigorous matriarchal line over more than
50 years.
(A) the program will trace
(B) the program shall trace
(C) there will be a program tracing
(D) it is a program that traces
(E) it will be a program tracing

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11 May 2003, 18:09
I vote for A

In sentences like these, the initial part of the sentence is giving us details about the subject, in this case "the program".....the rule is that the comma after the statement which defines the subject should be followed by the subject....in this case "the program"......therefore C, D and E are out. Out of A and B, I think A is ok.....shall has more to do with a command type of sentence......"you shall do this" etc.......

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12 May 2003, 05:00
Answer is 'A' , I was confused between A & B. I am still not clear why B cannot be correct. Does 'Shall' always be used with command sentence?

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21 May 2005, 17:00
HIMALAYA wrote:
yes, A is correct.
(A) the program will trace

Why is the question! IMO, use of shall is not appropriate in American English.

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21 May 2005, 17:19
Vithal wrote:
HIMALAYA wrote:
yes, A is correct.
(A) the program will trace

Why is the question! IMO, use of shall is not appropriate in American English.

I think the question is VALID. Even I don't understand y B can't be the answer.

Can someone help

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21 May 2005, 20:05
vitalstatix wrote:
Opening with tributes to jazz-age divas like Bessie Smith and closing with Koko Taylor's electrified gravel-and-thunder songs,<the
program will trace> the blue'vigorous matriarchal line over more than
50 years.
(A) the program will trace
(B) the program shall trace

(A) for sure, although this is a curious selection, and I bet ten bucks that the GMAT would never throw you a shall vs. will problem (so I'm guessing this is not an official ETS question).

(B) in fact is NOT incorrect or ungrammatical, although 99.9% of American speakers would practice the usage of (A) and not (B).

It's not that "shall" is truly inappropriate or wrong in American usage; it's just uncommon and sounds stilted. If you went around saying "shall" in everyday usage, your friends would definitely think you're a dork, or that you're prissy, or that you're English. Books on writing even 50+ years ago were already dismissing "shall" as old-fasioned, and dismissing the convoluted rules that used to exist about when to use it instead of "will".

That said, government documents and legal language very specifically retain "shall" to note a command. A law might be written to say "drivers shall not exceed 70 mph on the Interstate", the use of shall making it clear that this is a legal command, not a prediction about how drivers may behave, which is how will could be interpreted.

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