I have a math competition, which I have to leave because of an online class, so when I told my friend this, he wrote: It's all right I suppose.

What does suppose mean? Does it mean that my friend assumes it is all right? And by assuming does he believe that it is all right without me, but there's no proof that it is all right without me, and there is a possibility that is won't be all right without me?


I suppose that this term" It's all right I suppose" is used in every language. On your friend's term, it means" I assume something to be fine. In other words, I think it's most likely would be alright which means you wouldn't face a problem later.

It's more accurate to answer with adding "I suppose" when you are not 100% certain of something but you highly assume or expect it to be OK/fine based on your previous knowledge of the school rules, for instance, or it could be even based on your own thinking like using a logic.

In your friend's case, it's good to use it because there is still a possibility that your leaving wouldn't be fine/alright with the school. So, if that happened, you couldn't blame him later.

In this situation, in my opinion, the best and the most guarantee thing to do is to inform the teacher or school about your need to leave the online class for a math competition. Originally, you are expected to take a permission from them not from your friend. Anyway, I also suppose it would be alright.


You seem to understand it just fine, except that such a qualification often is a way of tactfully saying "I can see that it is unavoidable, but it is not good for us, and if there is any way you can get out of it, please do."