You are/were supposed to have done it yesterday.

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angliholic

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You are/were supposed to have done it yesterday.



Would you use "are" or "were" in the above sample and why? Thanks.
 

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You are/were supposed to have done it yesterday.



Would you use "are" or "were" in the above sample and why? Thanks.

'were', A, because the thing that was to be done was on a day and at a time which is finished. Note also the periphrastic modal perfect, 'have done'.

It's kinda like 'should have done it yesterday'.
 

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'were', A, because the thing that was to be done was on a day and at a time which is finished. Note also the periphrastic modal perfect, 'have done'.

It's kinda like 'should have done it yesterday'.
Thanks, riverkid.
But I'm not so sure what you mean by the bolded part. Would you mind shedding a bit more light?
 

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1..."on a day and at a time which is finished" means 'in the past'.
2..."You were supposed to have done it yesterday." = 'You were supposed to do it yesterday.' ( = 'You should have done it yesterday.')
 

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1..."on a day and at a time which is finished" means 'in the past'.
2..."You were supposed to have done it yesterday." = 'You were supposed to do it yesterday.' ( = 'You should have done it yesterday.')
Thanks, 2006,
Got it.
 
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