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Was/were supposed to

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Form : ( Was / were supposed to + infinitive (verb 3) )

In English we use was / were supposed to to talk about things we agreed to do, or other people expected us to do, but we didn't do.

Example sentences :

  • I was supposed to book the restaurant for tonight, but I forgot. ( I agreed to do it, but I forgot)
  • David was supposed to take the boys to football training tonight, but he had to work late. ( David was expected to take them, but he couldn't)
  • Jenny was supposed to water the plants while I was away. but she forgot.
  • Tony was supposed to cook dinner tonight, but he had to work late.
  •  Fiona was supposed to organise a conference call for this morning, but she couldn't get in touch with her colleagues.

Notes for use of was / were supposed to : 

In English we often use this form to apologize for not doing something and give a reason why.

  • Sorry, I was supposed to buy some bread on the way home, but the bakery had closed.


Be going to
Be going to passive
Be used to / Get used to
Comparative
Defining relative clause
Echo tag
Expression
First conditional
Future
Future continuous
Future perfect continuous
Future perfect passive
Future perfect simple
Future simple passive
Greeting
Have/Get something done
Imperative
Implied conditional
Indirect question
Infinitive of purpose
Interjection
Mixed conditional
Modal
Modal passive
Non-defining relative clause
Other
Past continuous
Past continuous passive
Past perfect continuous
Past perfect passive
Past perfect simple
Past simple
Past simple passive
Polite request / offer / suggestion
Present continuous
Present continuous passive
Present perfect continuous
Present perfect passive
Present perfect simple
Present simple
Present simple passive
Question tag
Reduced relative clause
Reported speech imperative
Reported speech question
Reported speech request
Reported speech statement
Second conditional
Short answer
Superlative
Third conditional
Used to / would (past habit)
Was/were going to
Was/were supposed to
Wish
Would rather
Zero conditional