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2020.06.14 21:11

ASSUME vs PRESUME

ASSUME and PRESUME both mean "suppose" which

is how they typically get mixed up. The difference is in the degree of certainty.

To ASSUME is to make a guess based on little or no evidence. (That's why we have that catchy phrase about ASSUME.)

To PRESUME is to make an informed guess based on reasonable evidence or probability.

If someone walks past your house late at night, you might ASSUME (and hope!) it's just your next-door neighbor.

However, if your neighbor walks his dog at 11:00 each night, at 10:55 you can PRESUME he'll walk past in 5 minutes.

For example, "I just ASSUMED he would pay for the laptop he broke, but he never did."

For example, "The missing boaters were PRESUMED dead by rescue officials after searching for two weeks."

Memory trick: Presume = Probability
Assume = A lack of evidence
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  • Ms. Guzmán 2020.06.14 21:13

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    Muchas gracias. Buen día ✨👌🏽
  • Antony 2020.06.14 21:17

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    Thanks, very very good advise !
  • Elizabeth 2020.06.14 21:23

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    @Ms. Guzmán de nada
  • Elizabeth 2020.06.14 21:23

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    @Antony you're welcome
  • 승환 2020.06.14 22:01

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    This is what I need to know. Now I got it as clear as crystal. Thank you.
  • Antony 2020.06.14 22:28

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    @Elizabeth ✌🏻
  • Elizabeth 2020.06.14 22:31

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    @승환 you're welcome! Im happy it was helpful
  • Pablo Hidalgo 2020.06.16 01:35

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    Thank you!

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