are not to start

Discussion in 'Spanish-English Grammar / Gramática Español-Inglés' started by rosagg, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. rosagg Senior Member

    Alcoy (Alicante)
    Español - España
    Please, I need your help in this:

    You are not to start the test until the teacher tells you to.

    I cannot understand that construction, I guess is an advanced form, so, can anyone explain to me?

    I would say: You don't have to start...

    Am I right?

    Thank you.
     
  2. xqby

    xqby Senior Member

    Oxnard, CA
    English (U.S.)
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2009
  3. marktime Member

    English
    The construction actually expresses prohibition. "You may not start the test until you have permission from the teacher to do so", (makes cetain that everyone starts the test at the same time; when the teacher gives the signal to start).
     
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2009
  4. rosagg Senior Member

    Alcoy (Alicante)
    Español - España
    Oh thank you both!
     

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