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    "I suppose" and "I guess"

    dear teachers'
    canyou explain where to use the phrases "i suppose" and "i guess".

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    Re: "I suppose" and "I guess"

    Quote Originally Posted by mounika View Post
    dear teachers'
    Can you explain where to use the phrases "Isuppose" and "I guess".
    [transitive]

    Extracts from Longman Dict.

    spoken I suppose
    a) used to say you think something is true, although you are uncertain about it - synonym I guess
    I suppose (that)
    I suppose you're right.So things worked out for the best, I suppose.
    'Aren't you pleased?' 'Yes, I suppose so .'
    b) used when agreeing to let someone do something, especially when you do not really want to - synonym I guess
    'Can we come with you?' 'Oh, I suppose so .'
    c) used when saying in an angry way that you expect something is true
    - synonym I guess
    I suppose (that)
    I suppose you thought you were being clever!
    d) used to say that you think that something is probably true, although you wish it was not and hope someone will tell you it is not
    - synonym I guess
    I suppose (that)
    I suppose it's too late to apply for that job now.
    e) used when guessing that something is true
    - synonym I guess
    She looked about 50, I suppose.
    (Not a teacher)

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    Re: "I suppose" and "I guess"

    , although - in Br English until maybe 30 years ago, I think 'synonym' would be a strong way of putting it (suppose=guess). I - and a lot of people of a similar age () - use 'I guess' with a more clear implication of guesswork; 'I suppose' -> I'm pretty sure/ it's a working hypothesis that I use with confidence, but 'I guess' -> I could well be wrong. Even older native speakers just wouldn't say 'I guess'; when I was at school it was often decried by prescriptivist teachers as 'an Americanism' (unaware that many so-called 'Americanisms' were re-imported from the English of the Founding Fathers).

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