It’s the end of the sailing season. Even though I’m supposed to pull my boat out of the water by the end of the month, I brought it to the marina yesterday. I suppose I can accept the fact that the summer is over, but I just don’t want to! Suppose I lived in a warmer place than New York. In that case I suppose I could sail all year round. Maybe I am not supposed to think that way, but I suppose it is going to be a long winter.
Today I want to look at how we use the word suppose. Do you know how to use suppose? Have a look at the paragraph above and then check today’s lesson:
Suppose is used to mean “guess” or “assume.” We usually use suppose + sentence in this way:
- Jack is an hour late. I suppose he is not coming. I assume he is not coming.
- I suppose it is going to be a long winter. I guess it is going to be a long winter.
- Do you suppose the supermarket is open late tonight?
Supposedly is the adverb form of suppose. It can sometime be used to indicate the speaker has some doubt about the topic
- Supposedly, the Italian restaurant downtown makes excellent lasagna.
- Frank Johnson is supposedly the best candidate for the new management position.
- Supposedly all of the students in the class didn’t do their homework.
Supposed to is used when we want to talk about something which is an obligation or duty.
- Jack is supposed to be at work at 9:00 every morning.
- In the Northeast, we are supposed to take the boats out of the water by the end of October.
- All of the students in the class are supposed to do their homework.
I suppose you enjoyed this lesson, and I am supposed to ask you to please let me know your suggestions for a one point lesson here J