What does construction one are to do something mean. E.g. in this context:

Imagine, that you are to open an online shop.

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"...are to..." simply means 'supposed to', 'going to' or 'probably to'.


Imagine that you are to open an online shop = Imagine that you are supposed to open an online shop

We use such construction to mean the probability in the future. Again, for example...

Suppose you are to drive a car....

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    I partially disagree. I think it can also mean "be going to". "You are to open an online shop" "You are going to open an online shop". It is quite formal in nature.
    – JMB
    Mar 2, 2015 at 9:21
  • True. let me include that as well @JMB
    – Maulik V
    Mar 2, 2015 at 10:02

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