Business English Grammar Suppose 1

We often use  ‘suppose’ to mean ‘imagine’ or ‘guess’

  • I suppose you’ll be meeting Danielle when you go to Paris?
  • When you weren’t there, I supposed you must have been held up.
  • I suppose you two know each other?

Notice that ‘suppose’ is not normally used in the continuous form. We do not usually say ‘I am supposing’.

  • Now I suppose we’ll have to do something else.
  • We’re waiting for John and I suppose he must be stuck in traffic.
  • At this moment I suppose it doesn’t matter.

Notice that for ‘imagine not’ or ‘guess not’ that we make ‘suppose’ negative, not the other verb.

  • I don’t suppose you know where Mary is?
  • I don’t suppose he’ll do anything.
  • I don’t suppose you  have a Nokia phone charger here?

When responding to an idea with ‘suppose’, you can use ‘so’ to avoid repeating the idea that has already been expressed.

  • Is Susan coming to this meeting? ~ I suppose so.

Time for a test.