Supposed to…

Vorrei capire bene il significato di supposed to nel senso di dovere e potere. grazie, ciao. Giovanna

This is hard! To say “he is supposed to be coming on Monday” is like saying “in teoria dovrebbe venire lunedì”. It implies uncertainty as to whether he actually will. This is the most common use of supposed: it’s more like “dovere” (dovrebbe) than “potere”. The literal meaning is “si suppone che”, but the actual meaning is a bit different.

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