Man: What are you doing here?
Woman: What do you mean?
Man: You’re supposed to be at the office.
Woman: I thought I was supposed to be here.
Man: No, they need you in the office.
Woman: OK, got it. I’m on my way.
Man: Hey, you’re not supposed
to eat on the train.
Woman: Oh, really? Since when?
Man: Since forever.
Woman: Oops. What about drinking?
Man: You’re not supposed to do that either, but people do it anyway.
Woman: OK, that’s good to know.
Man: What happened to you last
Woman: I got called in to work.
Man: Oh, last minute meeting?
Woman: No, my friend was supposed to work, but he got sick.
Man: Well, I hope you can make it next week.
Woman: I hope so too.
Man: What did the boss say at
Woman: It’s a secret. I'm not supposed to tell anyone.
Man: Come on! You can tell me.
Woman: OK, but it's a secret. We won't be launching our new product this year.
Man: What? We were supposed to launch it this Fall.
Woman: I know. Plans change. They decided to scrap it.
- I was supposed to work today, but I got sick. (I did not work as planned.)
- Where is Joe? He is supposed to be here. (He is not here, but should be.)
- The game was supposed to be easy. It wasn’t.
- The movie was supposed to be funny. It wasn’t.
Point 2: The verb phrase uses the following pattern:
Subject + be auxiliary + supposed + infinitive verb
- Are you supposed to be at work?
- Wasn’t he supposed to be here?
- How was I supposed to know?
- They are not supposed to be doing that.
- She is supposed to be helping me.
- You are supposed to know this.
- He wasn’t supposed to be here.
- You aren’t supposed to eat that.
- This object is not supposed to be here. Something is amiss!
- He’s supposed to be done by now.
- We were supposed to go, but something came up.
- It is supposed to rain tomorrow.
- It was supposed to be sunny today.
- Isn’t Jill supposed to be here?
Yeah, she was supposed to.
- Why should the man always pay for
Because he’s supposed to.
- Am I allowed to smoke in here?
You’re not supposed to.
- Can I use the company car on the
You’re not supposed to, but I’ll allow it this time.
Grammar Listening Practice
You’re supposed to be at the office.
You’ll get used to it.
It is not as fun as my last job
Keep it as long as you like.
Who is the woman sitting next to Joe?