Supposed vs. Suppose
Small grammar post here on a common mistake I see in my students’ writing: using suppose when they mean supposed. Here’s a brief explanation of supposed vs. suppose without all the grammar jargon:
Use supposed when you are using the common phrase supposed to.
For example, when expressing an obligation:
I am supposed to go to work this morning, but I am feeling ill.
Or when noting what someone or something is likely to do:
There is supposed to be a hurricane tomorrow afternoon.
This is but one piece of the supposed vs. suppose quandary, but I think it’s the most bang for your buck. Next week we’ll cover of vs. have.
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