English Lesson: Seem Vs. Suppose

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I had dinner last night with my sister. She said that I seemed a little tired. I suppose I was. I have been working a lot recently and I suppose I could use a little break. Even though I put in long hours, it never seems like I am working a lot. I suppose that’s because I really enjoy what I do. Still, I suppose I should take a few days off. Maybe I will do that when the weather is nice.

The other day, someone on twitter mentioned that seem and suppose were confusing, so I thought I would go over these words today. Do you know how to use these words? Have a look at the paragraph above once more, and then check today’s lesson.

Seem is a verb. It means there is a feeling or a sense of something or someone is a certain way. When something seems a certain way, it’s because you feel it is so.

  • She said that I seemed a little tired. This means she had a feeling that I was tired.
  • Even though I put in long hours, it never seems like I am working a lot. I never feel as if I am working a lot.
  • The boss seems angry today. I sense that the boss is angry.

Suppose is also a verb. It means there is a guess that something or someone is a certain way based on some evidence or knowledge. You suppose something is a certain way based on some knowledge or probability.

  • I suppose I was tired. I guess I was tired because I have been working a lot.
  • It never feels like work. I suppose that’s because I enjoy my job. Based on my knowledge that I enjoy my job, I guess that is the reason it never feels like work.
  • It’s raining hard, so I suppose there will be traffic. Based on my driving experience, I can guess there will be traffic during a rain storm.

I hope you find this lesson helpful. I suppose you will (^o^). Thanks for studying with me today and remember, feel free to let me know what you want to study!

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