One-Point English Lesson: Using “Mean” in your English Class

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One-Point English Lesson: Using “Mean” in your English Class

Sometimes my students have trouble using the word mean. Today, I’m going to show you how to use this word.

We use mean as a verb and the definition is to signify or indicate. We use mean in language to talk about the definition of a word or phrase:

  • The phrasal verb “put out” means “extinguish.”
  • The word “sprint” means “to run at full speed for a short distance.”
  • What does this word mean?

Be careful! We say “It means ~” and not “It’s mean ~”

A: Do you know the word “hardly ever?”

B: Yes. It means “almost never.” Not, It’s mean “almost never.”

The noun form is the word meaning. We use meaning like this:

  • The meaning of the phrasal verb “put out” is “extinguish.”
  • The meaning of the word “sprint” is “to run at full speed for a short distance.”
  • What is the meaning of this word?

Have you learned the meaning of a new word in English today? Leave a comment below and let me know.



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