AEE 640: Are You Assuming or Presuming? Find Out Today

assume versus presume in English

Today get the difference between “assume” and “presume” and find out when you should and should not use them in English.

Also, learn about a common Thanksgiving trend for young, urban professionals in the urban US.

Today we have a question from a listener. Here it is:

Hi my amazing hostesses, thank you for another awesome episode. I appreciate your hard work very much.

I have two questions, and hope you would love to cover them someday. First, I heard people end sentences with “though” often. Does though here mean but?

What the difference between though and but? Second, you have introduced ” I bet, I suppose, I think, I reckon”, how about ” I assume” ” I presume”, I feel people use assume more often than presume. But they seem to have similar meanings in dictionary.

Thank you in advance. Have a good one.

 

“Assume” versus “presume”:

  • Assume: To believe something based on little evidence. To take for granted without proof. To to take a guess based on expectations.
  • Presume: You believe something because you have more evidence or probability that the thing will happen. You have more of a reason to believe it.

 

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How do we use these words?

  • An assumption you made in the past that is connected to this moment. For example: “I just assumed we would be going in the same car instead of driving separately.”
  • “I assume they serve better beer in Vermont than in NH because there are more breweries.” 
  • “I don’t want to make any assumptions.”
  • “Not to be presumptuous”/” I don’t want to be presumptuous but I am guessing that you work in the legal field.”
  • “That’s a little presumptuous….’ (tone of voice)

Even though the dictionary meaning is a little different we use these two words very similarly – you’ll see how that’s true in the role play. Listen to the episode to hear the role play.

 

*Bonus phrase:

To jump to conclusions-To assume that you know something without evidence.

 

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