suppose - assume

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.

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.

You do not say that someone supposes or assumes `something to be' the case.
'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?

'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.'

Note that you do not say `I suppose it'.
'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.'

'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.

Supposing can be used in a similar way.

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

'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.

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.

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

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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