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    I suppose not

    John: We can't just leave without telling anyone.
    Jenny: I suppose not. (Does it mean that she does not agree with what John has said?)

    Thanks for your help!

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    Re: I suppose not

    It means "You're right. I agree that we should not do that." (That=leave without telling anyone.) Often it comes with a feeling of regret.

    We can't eat the entire cake Mom made for dinner tonight.
    No, I suppose not. (No, you're right. Eating the entire cake is a bad idea.)

    You can't just waltz in there and say you want a raise!
    No, I suppose not. (You're right. Doing that is a bad idea.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: I suppose not

    But there's also, often, the implication that the speaker would prefer not to do what they admit they shouldd:

    A: We can't leave without telling anyone.
    B: I suppose not - but I really feel lousy we should never have come.


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