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Assume Vs Presume

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Created Date: Sun 21 Apr 2013

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What is the difference between Assume and Presume? This post shows you the difference using simple examples.

 

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From TheFreeDictionary:
Assume: To take for granted or without proof
Presume: To take for granted as being true in the absence of proof to the contrary

As can be seen from the definitions above, there is almost no difference between Assume and Presume. Actually, the difference lies in the degree of certainty. Assume is used when your guesses are absolutely not based on any evidence. Presume is used when you have got more information about the associated events and you are quite sure with your guesses.

Examples:
Teacher: I assume you all have prepared for the upcoming exam at the end of this week. (He doesn't know if they have prepared or not)

Friend: I saw you came back from the party very late last night. I presume you haven't prepared for today's lectures. (Because I knew my friend didn't come back early yesterday to prepare for the lectures tomorrow, I'm quite sure he knows nothing about the lectures' content)


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Mandatory Financial Education

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Financial education should be mandatory component of the school program. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
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