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    Question "I didn't understand what you mean/meant"

    Hi,


    The situation is two people are chatting.

    A:........
    B: I didn't understand what you mean.
    or
    B: I didn't understand what you meant.

    Are both these sentences considered correct?

    Thanks

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    Re: "I didn't understand what you mean/meant"

    I think the first one is correct
    I didn't understand what do you mean
    because we have to use the infinitive not the past tense
    after the auxiliary did ..

    I hope that help
    Last edited by herbiji; 15-Oct-2005 at 22:40.

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    Re: "I didn't understand what you mean/meant"

    Try,

    Concord
    EX: I didn't understand (past) what you meant (past).
    EX: I don't understand (present) what you mean (present).

    Mixed
    EX: I don't understand (present) what you meant (past).
    => I don't understand today what you meant yesterday.

    EX: I didn't understand (past) what you mean (present). awkward
    => ?I didn't understand yesterday what you mean today.


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    Re: "I didn't understand what you mean/meant"

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Try,

    Concord
    EX: I didn't understand (past) what you meant (past).
    EX: I don't understand (present) what you mean (present).

    Mixed
    EX: I don't understand (present) what you meant (past).
    => I don't understand today what you meant yesterday.

    EX: I didn't understand (past) what you mean (present). awkward
    => ?I didn't understand yesterday what you mean today.

    Wow! That is a wonderful way of explaining it. Thank you so much, Casiopea.

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