Att använda "Mean"

Mean + gerundium uttrycker vad som kommer att bli resultatet av ett agerande, eller vad som kommer att vara nödvändigt. Ordet mean kan ersättas av ordet involve.

  • If you take that job in London it will mean travelling for two hours every day.
  • We could take the ferry to France, but that will mean spending a night in a hotel.
  • Buying this jacket now means not buying another until next year.
  • Leaving school would mean finding a job.

Mean + infinitiv uttrycker en intention eller en plan. Ordet mean kan ersättas av ordet intend.

  • Did you mean to dial this number?
  • I mean to finish this job by the end of the week!
  • I didn't mean to hurt you.
  • I meant to return the books on time.