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For Life
2007.09.25(Review of 2001.06.27 edition)

Welcome back, to the first WordMaster of the fall! We hope life continues to be a pleasure for you as the weather cools, and we especially hope that WordMaster helps make it so. We certainly enjoy our daily visits with you!

We'll be spending the next three days looking at how to use the very important expression “supposed to”. Take our word for it, this is definitely an expression you'll want to master!

Today's Lesson


  • The expression supposed to can be used to say that someone has been told to do something or that something has been arranged.
  • supposed to には、誰かが何かをするように言われている、または、何かが予定されている、という意味があります。



  1. (mother to son)
    Helen called while you were out. You're supposed to call her back at her cell phone number.
  2. a: Fran got very excited when I told her about the party.
    b: You weren't supposed to tell her. It's supposed to be a surprise!
  3. a: Hi! I'm sorry I'm late.
    b: What happened? You were supposed to be here 45 minutes ago!
  4. a: How is the shipment supposed to be sent?
    b: The customer paid for express delivery.
  5. The meeting was supposed to start at 2 o'clock.

英会話レッスンWe're supposed to offer you some final words of encouragement here, so here goes: Never give up!

... How was that?