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hello sir.

1) i am supposed to finish up the report.
i am supposed to be finishing up the report.

2) i was supposed to leave on Tuesday.
i was supposed to be leaving on Tuesday.

what is the difference in meaning both are the same? and in which circumstances we should use ( be supposed to do) or (be supposed to be doing).

thanks advanced.

Hello ahmednagar,

This really depends on how the speaker sees the situation so without knowing the context, it's difficult to say. In general, though, using the continuous aspect in an infinitive is the same as using it in other verbal forms, i.e. it can indicate a temporary or ongoing event. It can also be used to indicate an unexpected event and sometimes there is no significant difference – again, it really depends on the context and the speaker's intentions.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

many thanks sir

ok sir here are the contexts.
1) i am supposed to be finishing report but I'm browsing English language sites.
2) i was supposed to be leaving on Tuesday but I'm leaving now.( that sentence makes me really confused).
I'm supposed to be getting on the tokyo plan at this very minute. however I'm at home due to some reasons.
i think now it makes you clear what was my question.

Hello ahmednagar,

Yes, that helps, thanks. Notice that in sentences 1, 2 and 3 there is some mention of an action in the present moment ('I'm browsing', 'I'm leaving now' and 'this very minute') – this is one of the main meanings of the continuous aspect. 2 is more confusing because of the reference to the past (Tuesday); I'd probably say 'supposed to leave' here instead, but your sentence doesn't strike me as incorrect. The continuous aspect can be used to indicate a change or development in a situation – perhaps that can help you understand this a bit better here.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Yes, sir that really helps thank you so much.

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Hello Ne'am,

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The LearnEnglish Team

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