All too often, I see the word suppose used incorrectly, as in “I am suppose [sic] to work today.”
Suppose is a verb meaning:
- to assume (something), as for the sake of argument or as part of a proposition or theory: Suppose the distance to be one mile.
- to consider (something) as a possibility suggested or an idea or plan proposed: Suppose we wait until tomorrow.
- to believe or assume as true; take for granted: It is supposed that his death was an accident.
- to think or hold as an opinion: What do you suppose he will do?
- to require logically; imply; presuppose: The evidence supposes his presence near the scene.
The correct form is “I am supposed to go to work today.”
Supposed is an adjective that means:
- assumed as true, regardless of fact; hypothetical: a supposed case.
- accepted or believed as true, without positive knowledge: the supposed site of an ancient temple.
- merely thought to be such; imagined: supposed gains.
I know this won’t fix all the mistakes I’m seeing online, but it sure feels good to vent a little about it.