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presume or assume?

People are often unsure about the difference between these two words. Indeed, they are very close in meaning.

to presume something (verb):  to believe something to be true, but without being 100% sure

  • I presume you’ll come to my party. (I’ll be surprised if you don’t come, but I’ll accept your decision.)

to assume something (verb):  to take something for granted, to believe it without question

  • I assume you’ll come to my party. (I expect to see you at my party. I will want to know why if you don’t come.)

6 Responses to “presume or assume?”

  1. Victoria says:

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  3. Linda k hollywood says:

    presume to act as an equal.
    assume, to pretend, to suppose,
    wonderful I like it.

    Good luck
    Linda k.

  4. Craig Kitching says:

    when you assume you are correct about me, without knowing for sure, and then act on your assumption you can quite easily make an (ASS) out of (U) and (ME).

  5. Belajar Bahasa Inggris says:

    To help myself remember this easily, I have always associated ‘presume’ with a term commonly used in legal contexts: ‘presumption of innocence’ or ‘presumed innocent’ which means that an accused is to be considered innocent, even without any proof, until proven otherwise.


  6. aliona says:

    thanks a lot,you are very helpful person!!!

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