Saturday, July 7, 2007

“Be Supposed To”

If you’re teaching Intermediate or Advanced English as a Second Language (ESL) or English as a Foreign Language (EFL) students, you’ll eventually want to teach “be supposed to.”

“Be supposed to” is used to express the following:

1) When someone expects something to happen. For example, “The movie is supposed to start at 8:40.”
2) The correct procedure for something. For example, “You are supposed to fill out the form in blue ink.”
3) An expectation about someone’s behavior. For example, “I’m supposed to walk my neighbor’s dog tonight.”
4) An unfulfilled expectation. For example, “Where were you? You were supposed to drive me to school this morning.”