I suppose we all agree that this is the best solution.
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. Suppose someone gave you an egg and asked you to describe exactly what was inside Supposing he's right and I do die tomorrow? Maybe I should take out an extra insurance policy
To represent to one's self, or state to another, not as true or real, but as if so, and with a view to some consequence or application which the reality would involve or admit of; to imagine or admit to exist, for the sake of argument or illustration; to assume to be true; as, let us suppose the earth to be the center of the system, what would be the result? To imagine; to believe; to receive as true
vagueness You can say `I suppose' when you want to express slight uncertainty. I get a bit uptight these days. Hormones, I suppose I suppose I'd better do some homework Is that the right way up? --- Yeah. I suppose so There's nothing to keep us here, is there? --- I suppose not
To require to exist or to be true; to imply by the laws of thought or of nature; as, purpose supposes foresight
If you suppose that something is true, you believe that it is probably true, because of other things that you know. The policy is perfectly clear and I see no reason to suppose that it isn't working It had been supposed that by then Peter would be married
feelings You can say `I suppose' or `I don't suppose' before describing someone's probable thoughts or attitude, when you are impatient or slightly angry with them. I suppose you think you're funny
require as a necessary antecedent or precondition; "This step presupposes two prior ones"
politeness You can use `do you suppose' as a polite way of suggesting or requesting that someone does something. Do you suppose we could get together for a little chat sometime soon?
expect, believe, or suppose; "I imagine she earned a lot of money with her new novel"; "I thought to find her in a bad state"; "he didn't think to find her in the kitchen"; "I guess she is angry at me for standing her up"
to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds; "Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps"
express a supposition; "Let us say that he did not tell the truth"; "Let's say you had a lot of money--what would you do?"
take for granted or as a given; suppose beforehand; "I presuppose that you have done your work"
You can use `do you suppose' to introduce a question when you want someone to give their opinion about something, although you know that they are unlikely to have any more knowledge or information about it than you. Do you suppose he was telling the truth?
politeness You can say `I don't suppose' as a way of introducing a polite request. I don't suppose you could tell me where James Street is could you?
express a supposition; "Let us say that he did not tell the truth"; "Let's say you had a lot of money--what would you do?
If you say that something is supposed to happen, you mean that it is planned or expected. Sometimes this use suggests that the thing does not really happen in this way. He produced a hand-written list of nine men he was supposed to kill Public spending is supposed to fall, not rise, in the next few years
based primarily on surmise rather than adequate evidence; "theories about the extinction of dinosaurs are still highly conjectural"; "the supposed reason for his absence"; "suppositious reconstructions of dead languages"; "supposititious hypotheses"
If you say that something is supposed to be true, you mean that people say it is true but you do not know for certain that it is true. `The Whipping Block' has never been published, but it's supposed to be a really good poem `The President cannot be disturbed,' his son is supposed to have told an early morning caller
You can use supposed to suggest that something that people talk about or believe in may not in fact exist, happen, or be as it is described. Not all indigenous regimes were willing to accept the supposed benefits of British trade. = alleged + supposedly sup·pos·ed·ly He was more of a victim than any of the women he supposedly offended. claimed by other people to be true or real, although you do not think they are right
feelings You can use `be supposed to' to express annoyance at someone's ideas, or because something is not happening in the proper way. You're supposed to be my friend! What am I supposed to have done wrong now?
[ s&-pOz, oftenest after ] (verb.) 14th century. French supposer; prefix sub- under + poser to place; - corresponding in meaning to Latin supponere, suppositum, to put under, to substitute, falsify, counterfeit. See pose.
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