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    Default 27.means to give

    1.The expression means to give yourself away.
    2. This means waiting.
    3.I mean to do that.
    My question is " to give" should be corrected into giving.Am I right?Thanks!

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    Default Re: 27.means to give

    No, it's fine to me, but I would italicise it:
    This expression mean to give yourself away.

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    Default Re: 27.means to give

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    No, it's fine to me, but I would italicise it:
    This expression mean to give yourself away.
    What do you think of 2.In my eyes , 1.=2. If 1. right, 2. is wrong.
    Thanks!

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    Default Re: 27.means to give

    2 = This involves waiting
    3 = I intend to do that

    Where mean is similar to involve, then it's right to use a gerund. The first is different; it is giving a definition, which is why I put it in italics, to separate it from the rest- as a definition, it follows different rules and we normally use an infinitive for a definition.

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    Default Re: 27.means to give

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    2 = This involves waiting
    3 = I intend to do that

    Where mean is similar to involve, then it's right to use a gerund. The first is different; it is giving a definition, which is why I put it in italics, to separate it from the rest- as a definition, it follows different rules and we normally use an infinitive for a definition.
    I agree with you . Thank you!

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