Friday, March 12, 2010

BE SUPPOSED TO

1- Use am/is/are supposed to when something is planned, arranged, expected or said in the present or future. It can also be used when something is not allowed.


Eg: "I'm going to buy his book. It's suposed to be very good."
" I'm supposed to give a conference in Berlin tomorrow."
" Are you supposed to finish the project today?" Yes I am.
" He is not supposed to be here now"
"You are not supposed to speak Turkish in an English class.
2- Use was /were supposed to when you are expected to do something in the past but could not do it :


Eg: "The exam was supposed to start at 10.00, but the teacher was late."
"They were supposed to call before they go, but they didn't.

EXERCISES

Watch a video on Youtube about be supposed to

http://www.cristinacabal.com/intermediate/besupposedto1.htm

http://www.oup.com/elt/global/products/naturalenglish/upp/a_grammar/unit07/neup_grammar07_exp/

http://www.englishgrammarsecrets.com/suppose2/exercise1.swf

http://www.englishgrammarsecrets.com/suppose2/exercise2.swf

http://www.englishgrammarsecrets.com/suppose2/exercise3.swf

http://www.englishgrammarsecrets.com/suppose2/exercise4.swf

PREFER- WOULD PREFER- WOULD RATHER

1- Use 'prefer' to talk generally about likes, dislikes, what we want.






Eg: "I prefer horror films in general."
“He prefers reading books.”
" They prefer to spend their holiday abroad."

2- The expressions 'would prefer' and 'would rather', to be a little more specific or for on the spot decisions.


Eg: “I would prefer to see him in person.”
"I'd prefer living in a city"


Eg: “I would rather go home now.”

3- While making comparison prefer, would prefer – go with 'to'






Eg: "I prefer ─░zmir to Ankara."
“I prefer living in a city to living in the country.”
“I would (I'd) prefer being alone to being with the wrong person”.

4- While making comparisons, would rather – goes with 'than'

Eg: "I'd rather talk to him in person than call him on the phone.”

5- To ask about general likes and dislikes, use "present simple tense".

Eg: Do you prefer horror films?
Do you prefer traveling alone?
Do you prefer to visit historical places?
6- To ask about specific choices or the things people want at that time use "would"
Eg: "Would you prefer to see a movie or go to a club?"
"Would you rather go shopping with me?"
"“Would you rather stay at a hotel?”

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