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    Default supposed to vs must

    What would be the difference, if one said?

    "We are not suppossed to smoke in this room."

    OR

    "You are supposed to ask the teacher If you want to leave the class room."

    What would be the meaning of "supposed to" close to? You should, ought to, must or have to?

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    Default Re: supposed to vs must

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    What would be the difference, if one said?

    "We are not suppossed to smoke in this room."

    OR

    "You are supposed to ask the teacher If you want to leave the class room."

    What would be the meaning of "supposed to" close to? You should, ought to, must or have to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Sorrry ! Kind of anxious to get a clarfification.

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    Default Re: supposed to vs must

    [QUOTE=ostap77;663371]What would be the difference, if one said?

    "We are not suppossed to smoke in this room." It isn`t permitted.

    OR

    "You are supposed to ask the teacher If you want to leave the class room." It is a requirement.

    What would be the meaning of "supposed to" close to? You should, ought to, must or have to?[/QUOTE]
    The meaning would depend on the context.


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    Default Re: supposed to vs must

    [QUOTE=riquecohen;663607]
    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    What would be the difference, if one said?

    "We are not suppossed to smoke in this room." It isn`t permitted.

    OR

    "You are supposed to ask the teacher If you want to leave the class room." It is a requirement.

    What would be the meaning of "supposed to" close to? You should, ought to, must or have to?[/QUOTE]
    The meaning would depend on the context.

    So it pretty much depends on the context. It might be close in the meaning to must,should,ought to. have to?
    Last edited by ostap77; 14-Oct-2010 at 21:28.

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    Default Re: supposed to vs must

    I agree that a lot depends on context. In general, I would say that itīs closer to must and have to. On the other hand, you could be invited to a party and find that youīre running a bit late; itīs now 8:15. You say to your companion, "We were supposed to be there at eight." Here we can see that it wasnīt a requirement, but was only a good idea; in this case, I think should have might be a closer definition.

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    Default Re: supposed to vs must

    /A learner/

    I prefer gerund to infinitive this time.

    We are not supposed smoking in this room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by e2e4 View Post
    /A learner/

    I prefer gerund to infinitive this time.

    We are not supposed smoking in this room.
    You might prefer it, but you'd be wrong.

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    Default Re: supposed to vs must

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    So it pretty much dpends on the context. It might be close in the meaning to must,should,ought to. have to?
    Context is important (as always), but my sense is that 'supposed to' is generally less strongly imperative, and refers to 'the letter of the law' (=what is written, officially). This allows for cases like 'We're not supposed to leave school for lunch, but everybody does.'

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    Default Re: supposed to vs must

    Quote Originally Posted by e2e4 View Post
    /A learner/

    I prefer gerund to infinitive this time.

    We are not supposed smoking in this room.

    It's not the first time you are mistaken. Keep'em to yourself.
    Comment on my posts when you're at least 70% sure otherwise you're crashing the party!

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