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    Smile be supposed to

    Come back, you're supposed to eat breakfast!
    What are the differences between ' be suppose to' and 'need/must'?

    Can I rephrase the sentence as below?

    You need /must eat breakfast.

    Thanks!


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    Re: be supposed to

    You can rephrase it that way, but "supposed to" has the implication of requirement as opposed to necessity.

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    Smile Re: be supposed to

    Thank you for your help!

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    Re: be supposed to

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    What are the differences between ' be suppose to' and 'need/must'?

    Can I rephrase the sentence as below?

    You need /must eat breakfast.

    Thanks!
    "must" or "need to"
    Since need isn't a modal verb, you need "to".
    "Must" is stronger than "supposed to", which is about equivalent of "should".
    "You should eat breakfast".

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    Smile Re: be supposed to

    Hi Raymott,

    Thank you for your answer.

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