He was supposed to (do / have done) his work by 11 a.m.

TommyGun

Senior Member
Hello,

Imagine the following dialog between a client and a manager:

1. - Hello. Have John finished his work?
- Let me check.. He was supposed to have done his work by 11 a.m. Anyway, I'll check it
.

Have I used the present perfect tense correctly here? Would it be correct and sound better if I used the present simple instead:

2. ...
- Let me check.. He was supposed to do his work by 11 a.m. Anyway, I'll check it.
 
  • Thomas Tompion

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Before 11 am you'd use the present simple very normally . here - He's supposed to do his work by 11 am.

    After the deadline I'd be more likely to use the present perfect, as you suggest, TG: He was supposed to have done his work by 11 am.

    You could also say He was supposed to do his work by 11 am. That suggests that we know he hasn't done it; the question is more open when one uses the present perfect, in my view.
     
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