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Old 07-16-2008, 04:10 PM
rostfrei rostfrei is offline
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Suppose vs. Supposed. Correct usage question.

I always thought I knew the difference between suppose and supposed, but over the past few years I am starting to doubt myself. Especially after I got an e-mail from our department manager today in which she said 'those who are suppose to start work at 8am....blah blah'

Which is correct?

I am suppose to go to Hawaii tomorrow.

or

I am supposed to go to Hawaii tomorrow.

I say is the 2nd one, but I have come across so many examples of it being used the other way, that I'm doubting my education.



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Old 07-16-2008, 04:14 PM
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I suppose I am supposed to go to Hawaii tomorrow.
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Old 07-16-2008, 04:17 PM
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[Joey]I'll go to Hawaii tomorrow...supposably![/Joey]
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Old 07-16-2008, 04:18 PM
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Suppose = think, believe

Supposed = (perceived to be) obligated

At least, that's how I've always used the two.
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Old 07-16-2008, 04:18 PM
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'Suppose' is a conjugation of the verb 'to suppose'.

I have seen this as well and it drives me batty!
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Old 07-16-2008, 04:38 PM
Gary "Wombat" Robson Gary "Wombat" Robson is offline
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Originally Posted by rostfrei
I am suppose to go to Hawaii tomorrow.

or

I am supposed to go to Hawaii tomorrow.
The first one is simply flat-out wrong.
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Old 07-16-2008, 04:42 PM
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The first one is simply flat-out wrong.
But if enough people use it, the point is mute.
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Old 07-16-2008, 04:43 PM
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But if enough people use it, the point is mute.
That's just evil. Why would you want to be evil?
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Old 07-16-2008, 04:50 PM
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But if enough people use it, the point is mute.
The problem remains that many people will be bemused by the whole issue.
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Old 07-16-2008, 04:54 PM
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"Supposed" is the past participle of the verb "suppose". Let's ry some other verbs in the context:

I am expect to go to Hawaii tomorrow.
I am expected to go to Hawaii tomorrow.

I am order to go to Hawaii tomorrow.
I am ordered to go to Hawaii tomorrow.

I am require to go to Hawaii tomorrow.
I am required to go to Hawaii tomorrow.

Yes, it should be the past participle.
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Old 07-16-2008, 05:02 PM
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I suppose I shall go to Hawaii

I am supposed to go to Hawaii

Hawaii is the supposed surfing capital of the world
(in this context, it's pronounced suppose-ed)
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Old 07-16-2008, 05:47 PM
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The problem is that when the phrase "supposed to" is spoken, the "d" and the "t" tend to blend together, and it sounds essentially the same as "suppose to." People who aren't inclined to pay attention to and think about such details may then write it as the latter without realizing it should be the former.
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