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On 9/24/2018 at 12:58 PM, Guest vjc said:

What is the difference between the words 'can' and 'shall' in RONR?


On 9/24/2018 at 1:18 PM, Chris Harrison said:

I think your closest dictionary would give you your answer.  However, seems to me that "can" means deciding whether to do something is an option where "shall" means that there is no option available.

Some would say there is always the option to disobey. :-)

But I agree with you: RONR uses these words according to their ordinary meanings. "Can" indicates ability, possibility, or permission. "Shall" indicates an instruction, mandate, or authoritative statement of a future fact.

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