Useful language: supposed to

Questions
Overview

Obligation

We use be + supposed to when someone is expected to do something:

  • Julia was supposed to come and help us.
  • Aren't you supposed to be at work?

Expectation

We can also use it when something is expected to happen (because we heard it or because it is common sense):

  • Shops are supposed to have special offers on Black Friday.
  • The food here is supposed to be the best in town.

Note: even though the situation happens at the present moment, the verb 'suppose' is still used in the past.

  • You're suppose to go. You're supposed to go.