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    Default Mean Means Meant

    "I hope this ring will mean to you what it means to me."

    Is this correct?

    I'm thinking, "I hope this ring will mean to you what it meant to me."

    In context, the ring always has meaning to me that I hope this other person will also share. I don't want it to have meant something, but not anymore.

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    Default Re: Mean Means Meant

    Quote Originally Posted by Krabby Krabs View Post
    "I hope this ring will mean to you what it means to me."

    Is this correct?

    I'm thinking, "I hope this ring will mean to you what it meant to me."

    In context, the ring always has meaning to me that I hope this other person will also share. I don't want it to have meant something, but not anymore.
    This is correct:
    "I hope this ring will mean to you what/as much as it means to me."

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    Default Re: Mean Means Meant

    Also, I hope this ring will mean as much to you as it does to me.

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    Cool Re: Mean Means Meant

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Also, I hope this ring will mean as much to you as it does to me.
    -> odd in meaning though grammatically correct
    I hope this ring means to you as much it means to me

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    Default Re: Mean Means Meant

    Quote Originally Posted by Trance Freak View Post
    -> odd in meaning though grammatically correct
    I hope this ring means to you as much it means to me
    Yes, your example is 'odd'.

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    Default Re: Mean Means Meant

    I imagine that someone has given the other person a ring as a symbol of their relationship. Rather than seeing the ring as a gift, the giver hopes the receiver will think of the ring as symbolizing their relationship, not just a pretty bauble.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Cool Re: Mean Means Meant

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Yes, your example is 'odd'.
    DUH it's NOT lol
    it is correct & so is yours, still....mine's better

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    Default Re: Mean Means Meant

    Quote Originally Posted by Trance Freak View Post
    DUH it's NOT lol
    it is correct & so is yours, still....mine's better

    I hope this ring means to you as much as it means to me.

    Your sentence is incorrect, it lacks a full stop and "as".

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    Cool Re: Mean Means Meant

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I hope this ring means to you as much as it means to me.

    Your sentence is incorrect, it lacks a full stop and "as".
    sowwy was typing so fast ^^

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