suppose - assume

'suppose'
If you suppose that something is the case, you think it is probably the case.

I suppose it was bound to happen.

I suppose he left fairly recently.

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'assume'
If you assume that something is the case, you are fairly sure that it is the case, and act as if it were the case.

I assumed that he had started working as soon as he left.

When you have a language degree, people assume that you speak the language fluently.

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You do not say that someone supposes or assumes `something to be' the case.
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'don't suppose'
Instead of saying that you suppose something is not the case, you usually say that you don't suppose that it is the case.

I don't suppose you would be prepared to stay in Edinburgh?

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'I suppose so'
If someone says that something is the case, or asks you whether something is the case, you can say `I suppose so' as a way of agreeing with them or saying `yes'. When you say `I suppose so', you are indicating that you are uncertain or unenthusiastic about something.

`So it was worth doing?' —-`I suppose so.'

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Note that you do not say `I suppose it'.
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'I suppose not'
Similarly, you can agree with a negative statement or question by saying `I suppose not'.

`It doesn't often happen.' —-`No, I suppose not.'

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'suppose' used as a conjunction
You can use suppose as a conjunction when you are considering a possible situation or action and trying to think what effects it would have.

Suppose we don't say a word, and somebody else finds out about it.

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Supposing can be used in a similar way.

Supposing something should go wrong, what would you do then?

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'be supposed to'
If something is supposed to be done, it should be done because of a rule, instruction, or custom.

You are supposed to report it to the police as soon as possible.

I'm not supposed to talk to you about this.

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If something is supposed to be true, people generally think that it is true.

The hill was supposed to be haunted by a ghost.

She was supposed to be very good as an actress.

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Note that you do not say that something `is suppose to' be done or be true.
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Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • supposé — supposé, ée [ sypoze ] adj. • attesté XVIIe; de supposer 1 ♦ Admis comme hypothèse. Considéré comme probable. Le nombre supposé des victimes. L auteur supposé du vol. ⇒ présumé. Père supposé. ⇒ putatif. L auteur supposé d un livre. ⇒ prétendu. 2… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • supposé — supposé, ée (su pô zé, zée) part. passé de supposer. 1°   Posé pour hypothèse. Ce fait supposé vrai.    Cela supposé, dans cette supposition.    Supposé (invariable), en supposant. •   Je montre aux premiers que, supposé l exemple des saints,… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Suppose — Sup*pose , n. Supposition. [Obs.] Shak. A base suppose that he is honest. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • suppose — suppose, supposing Both words are used as quasi conjunctions to introduce an assumption or hypothesis: • Suppose the guards were more alert, security measures more effective R. Ludlum, 1978 • Supposing there s a change of venue CNN news… …   Modern English usage

  • Suppose — Sup*pose , v. i. To make supposition; to think; to be of opinion. Acts ii. 15. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • supposé — Supposé, [suppos]ée. part …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • suppose — sup|pose W1S1 [səˈpəuz US ˈpouz] v [T] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: supposer, from Latin supponere to put under, substitute , from sub ( SUB ) + ponere to put ] 1.) spoken I suppose a) used to say you think somethin …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • suppose — 1 verb (T) 1 be supposed to do sth a) used when saying what someone should or should not do, especially because of rules or what someone in authority has said: You re supposed to ask the teacher if you want to leave the classroom. | We re not… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • suppose */*/*/ — UK [səˈpəʊz] / US [səˈpoʊz] verb [transitive] Word forms suppose : present tense I/you/we/they suppose he/she/it supposes present participle supposing past tense supposed past participle supposed 1) to believe that something is probably true,… …   English dictionary

  • suppose — [[t]səpo͟ʊz[/t]] ♦♦ supposes, supposing, supposed 1) VERB You can use suppose or supposing before mentioning a possible situation or action. You usually then go on to consider the effects that this situation or action might have. [V that] Suppose …   English dictionary

  • suppose*/*/*/ — [səˈpəʊz] verb [T] to think that something is probably true, right, or possible I suppose she must be delighted about getting the job.[/ex] You don t suppose that he s going to hurt anyone, do you?[/ex] I suppose I had better get back to… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

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