<supposed to be doing> vs. <supposed to do>

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elizavetka

New Member
Russian
Hello!:)
Can someone, please, explain the difference between “be supposed to be doing smth” and “be supposed to do smth” to me? I almost got that, but there are still some doubts.
Thank y’all in advance.
 
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    Hello, elizavetka. He's supposed to be doing X emphasizes the speaker's view of his duty as an ongoing action. He's supposed to do X doesn't emphasize the ongoing nature of the duty.
     

    USMeg

    Senior Member
    English/USA
    I'm supposed to be having dinner with my friend RIGHT NOW.
    I'm supposed to have dinner with my friend LATER.

    It's 7:30 already?? I'm supposed to be having dinner with John! [I rush out the door...]
    I'm supposed to have dinner with John on Tuesday. Do you want to come?
     

    elizavetka

    New Member
    Russian
    I'm supposed to be having dinner with my friend RIGHT NOW.
    I'm supposed to have dinner with my friend LATER.

    It's 7:30 already?? I'm supposed to be having dinner with John! [I rush out the door...]
    I'm supposed to have dinner with John on Tuesday. Do you want to come?
    Thank you so much! I fully understand it now.
     
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