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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