how much do the titled differences affect the meaning? I'd say they all mean, for example, He was supposed to (do/be etc). Do the different forms provide any shade of meaning? Is the subjunctive one only used if you say 'no se suponía...'?


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    Can you give example sentences of the structures you want to know about? Both "Tenía que", and the past subjunctive can be used with several meanings.
    – wimi
    Commented Feb 13, 2021 at 22:24
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    What is a titled difference??
    – Lambie
    Commented Nov 22, 2021 at 21:01

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Some examples:

  • He was supposed to get here with Alan and they should have been here ages ago./Se suponía que iba a llegar con Alan y bueno debería estar acá hace rato./Se suponía que tenía que llegar con Alan y bueno ya debería estar acá hace rato.
  • Weren't we supposed to meet in a couple of days?/No se suponía que nos íbamos a ver en unos días más?/No se suponía que teníamos que vernos en unos días más?

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