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    sucucas is offline Newbie
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    Smile Usage of supposed to/opposed to

    Can someone explain the use of "supposed to" "as opposed to"?

    Thanks!

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    Anglika is offline No Longer With Us
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    Default Re: Usage of supposed to/opposed to

    He is supposed to go to the doctor today. >> It is expected that he is going to the doctor.

    We are opposed to the idea of a new town in the fields behind our house. >> We are against this idea.

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    Default Re: Usage of supposed to/opposed to

    Thanks so much for your examples. Can I also say: I am supposed to be sad as opposed to be happy? or Are you going to vote for .....as opposed to....? This is what confuses me most.....

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    Default Re: Usage of supposed to/opposed to

    Quote Originally Posted by sucucas View Post
    Thanks so much for your examples. Can I also say: I am supposed to be sad as opposed to be happy? or Are you going to vote for .....as opposed to....? This is what confuses me most.....

    Yes, you can - it has a different meaning from my example:

    I am supposed [meant] to be happy as opposed to being sad [here "opposed" is "rather than"] >> I am meant to be happy rather than sad.

    Are you going to vote for X as opposed to Y? >>Are you going to vote for X rather than Y?

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