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Is there anything wrong with the following phrase? "It cost less to reuse boxes than to buy new ones."
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Patty asks...
Which is the correct tense of the word suppose in the following questions: "What am I supposed to do?" or "What am I suppose to do?" and why. thank you
Anne answers...
The correct answer is "What am I supposed to do?" First the sentence is in the passive voice; and second, the verb supposed is followed by infinitive, to do. When these two conditions are met in any sentence, you use supposed over suppose. Here is another example: What was he supposed to buy at the store?
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