#1
Can someone help me to understand the difference between the words "assume" and "presume"? As far as I can see in the dictionary they're pretty much the same. So what's the difference, if there is one?

Many thanks.
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#2
There's no appreciable difference between the words. Actually, the definition of presume at www.dictionary.com is "take for granted, assume, or suppose." So, they're pretty much completely synonymous.
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#3
To assume is to take something for granted without proof. Presume can be taken as a synonym of assume, but it can also mean to act without forethought (being presumptuous) or to take something as granted with a modicum of existing proof (i.e. if you're meeting a friend who has notoriously poor time keeping, you can presume they'll be late.)
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#4
Yes, you've come to the right place if you're looking for professional english speakers

I think presume is like assume, only you've got less proof for it, a more bold, presumptious approach. Or maybe it's the other way around

Go to www.google.com and type in define: assume and then define: presume to see what I'm trying to say.
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#5
You can also assume they'll be late. And, according again to dictionary.com, the first definition for assume is:

1. to take for granted or without proof; suppose; postulate; posit

So, yeah, they're synonymous. You're trying to make a distinction where one pretty much doesn't exist.
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#6
presume - take to be the case or to be true; accept without verification or proof

assume - take to be the case or to be true; accept without verification or proof
#7
You can presume to assume too, that always fucks me over...
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#8
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Yes, you've come to the right place if you're looking for professional english speakers

I think presume is like assume, only you've got less proof for it, a more bold, presumptious approach. Or maybe it's the other way around

Go to www.google.com and type in define: assume and then define: presume to see what I'm trying to say.


Thats a pretty good definition.
#9
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You can also assume they'll be late. And, according again to dictionary.com, the first definition for assume is:

1. to take for granted or without proof; suppose; postulate; posit

So, yeah, they're synonymous. You're trying to make a distinction where one pretty much doesn't exist.

That's only the first definition. The word presume has functions which 'assume' doesn't extend to; my example was poor, but the third or fourth definition is exemplified by 'a restaurant bill presumes food', for which assume wouldn't work.

So there is a distinction, just a very pedantic one. The English language is incredibly cluttered and convoluted.
"Is it an ambulance? Is he Philip Larkin? So much power in so few words."
~The Observer

"A transcendant terrestris, a timeless behemoth, trapped like Sisyphus in the cyclical burden of his own genius."
~The Sun

"His a cant."
~The Independent
#10
^ Right, but insofar as assuming is related to presuming, they're synonymous. No one would ever say "He presumed the office of President after his predecessor died."
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#11
When you assume, you make an ASS out of U and ME.

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It's can be a contraction and genitive case.

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#13
^Beat me to what?

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It's can be a contraction and genitive case.

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If you cut down on these costs students won't learn so well, effecting the "quality"...
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#17
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If by omnipotent you mean Scottish, then yes, yes he is.
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