Suppose and Supposed To Meaning – English lesson

Suppose and Supposed To Meaning and Uses in a Sentence with Exercises

Hi there fellas! Today we will talk about the uses of the words “suppose” and “supposed to”. These words were commonly encountered in our daily lives so we must learn when to use the suppose and supposed to in sentences and helpful examples with exercises to know its right meaning. This discussion comes with video tutorial and you will find downloadable materials by the end of this article.

Now let us start. In this complete tutorial for beginners’ learners are going to learn 2 uses of the words “suppose” which is a verb. We will also discuss on how to use “suppose to” in a short answer or polite requests, and in the imperative and the structure “be supposed to”.

Watch the full discussion video here.

Now let’s discuss the meaning of “supposed” and “supposed to”

Suppose as a verb. /suh·powz/

Uses of “suppose” as a verb

So, the structure is: suppose + that clause

Meaning: think / believe / imagine that something is probably true.

When to use “suppose” and “supposed to” in a sentences Examples:

Why Tom doesn’t want to go swimming?

I suppose that he is tired.

Why didn’t Helen report to the office yesterday?

I suppose she wasn’t feeling well.

“suppose” as verb – use 2

suppose + that clause

Meaning: think / believe / imagine that something is probably true.

Use: When we are annoyed, or frustrated about something


Mother: Mark isn’t home yet so I suppose his bus was delayed.

Teacher: I suppose that you wake up late again!

How to use “suppose” in a short answer.

“I suppose so”.

Meaning and use: to agree reluctantly or to say ‘yes’ reluctantly.


Tom: Can I play football?

Mom: I suppose so.

Kevin: Tom and Jerry are very funny. Did you like it?

Dan: I suppose so.

Emily: Can we take the bus?

Juvy: Yes, I suppose so.

Polite requests  with “suppose”

We use the negative form of “suppose” to make a polite request.

“I don’t suppose that…?

“I don’t suppose that I could borrow your phone?”

I don’t suppose you could take me at the train station?

“I don’t suppose you could help me do my project?”

Suppose in the imperative

We use “suppose” in the imperative at the beginning of a sentence.

The meaning is “what if”

We often use this to make a suggestion.  And the structure is;

suppose + present tense


Suppose we go for a drink a bottle of beer?

Suppose we eat lunch at the restaurant?

We use suppose + past tense if we are less certain about the plans.

Suppose we took a train?

Suppose we stood at the mall and waited him there together?

The structure “be supposed to”

be ‘supposed to’ + base form

Use and meaning: to describe obligations and arrangements.


Why are you here? You are supposed to go to school today!

You were supposed to picked me yesterday!

You are supposed to talk to the manager every day.

The structure “be supposed to” (2)

be supposed to” also describes beliefs and expectations

be ‘supposed to’ + base form


The new car is supposed to be very good.

I’m going to Australia tomorrow. It’s supposed to be beautiful.

Diane is supposed to be the best student in class.

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