Shall constitute

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A legal way of saying “is”. It scores over to be in that it is highly regular: the different forms of a given tense require no conjugation:

I shall constitute | I am
You shall constitute | You are
He, she or it shall constitute | He, she or it is
We shall constitute | we are
You shall constitute | You are
They shall constitute | They are

On the other hand it is an execrable verb. Worse, even than to be. Using it makes one sound pompous and quite dim.


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