553 – Mean, Meant, & Meant To


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Today, we’re going to look at how we use the word mean, the past form meant, and the phrases mean to, meant to and be meant to. Are you ready? Let’s check it out.

Here are the example sentences. To get the details of this English lesson, you need to listen to the podcast or check the transcript for the details.

  • The word fork means a utensil used for eating.
  • Agua in Spanish means water in English.
  • Kiwi is not my favorite fruit. I mean, I don’t hate it but I don’t love it either.
  • The boss said the company is going to make some changes next month. I wonder what he means.
  • You said that guy “isn’t for you.” What do you mean by that?
  • I can’t believe I lost my grandfather’s pen. That really meant a lot to me.
  • I’ve worked very hard preparing for that exam because getting into that university means a lot to me.
  • Oh yeah, she means everything to me…That’s why I’m going to ask her to marry me.
  • I meant to call you yesterday but I was too busy at work.
  • I meant to cook that broccoli but I totally forgot that it was in the fridge.
  • Those tools can be dangerous so they are meant to be used with eye goggles.
  • The barbecue grill is only meant to be used outside.
  • This champagne is expensive, so it’s meant for special occasions.
  • The set of dishes in that box is meant for a donation, so don’t throw it out.
  • Well, she broke up with me. I guess it wasn’t meant to be.
  • I didn’t get accepted by Harvard university. Oh well, it wasn’t meant to be.
  • Joe is so talented. He was meant to be a jazz singer.
  • From a young age, we knew that Kim was meant to be a strong leader.

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