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    sitifan is offline Senior Member
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    Default I mean what I say.

    1. I mean what I say.
    2. I say what I mean.
    How should I use the above two sentences in conversations?

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    Default Re: I mean what I say.

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    You generally say that stuff when someone is doubting your stated intentions
    or your will to go through with them. The statements typically come together for emphasis.

    "I'm going to bring Texas Slim and his gang to justice"
    "You aren't serious are you? All by yourself?"
    "I mean what I say and say what I mean."

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    Default Re: I mean what I say.

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    1. I mean what I say.
    2. I say what I mean.
    How should I use the above two sentences in conversations?
    They mean different things.
    "I mean what I say" means "If I say it, I mean it".
    "I say what I mean" means "If I mean it, I say it".

    Examples:
    "Don't think that these are idle threats. I mean what I say." (If I say I'll punish you for X, I will punish you for X).
    "He's not afraid of offending people. He says what he means." (He's blunt. If he thinks you're an idiot, he'll say so).

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