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    sheena55ro Guest

    Default means of transport is or are?

    How should I use this phrase in a context?

    Can I use it both in the singular and in the plural?

    e.g
    This means of transport is...
    These means of transport are...

    Thank you,

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    Default Re: means of transport is or are?

    Hello Sheena

    Yes, you can use it as both singular and plural:

    1. That means of transport is not recommended.

    2. Several means of transport are possible.

    Have a good weekend,
    MrP

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    Default Re: means of transport is or are?

    if the "mean " is used for "way "of tools or transport ,then you should use "means ",and its singular and plural are the same form
    if the "mean "would be used as an "explanation ",then you should use its form "meaning "
    right ?

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    Default Re: means of transport is or are?

    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic
    Hello Sheena
    Yes, you can use it as both singular and plural:
    1. That means of transport is not recommended.
    2. Several means of transport are possible.
    Have a good weekend,
    MrP
    Thank you very much MrPedantic.

    I still have a question related to the determinatives I can use with means [with a plural verb]
    Can I use :"these/those ,etc. means of transport are " or only "several means of ..."

    Have a good weekend, too
    Last edited by sheena55ro; 30-Jul-2006 at 07:00.

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    Default Re: means of transport is or are?

    Quote Originally Posted by waterluo
    if the "mean " is used for "way "of tools or transport ,then you should use "means ",and its singular and plural are the same form
    if the "mean "would be used as an "explanation ",then you should use its form "meaning "
    right ?

    Here are the explanations I found for "mean" in a dictionary:

    mean [vb] -meant -meant
    mean[adj.] -sefish in a petty way, unkind' low in quality, inferior, etc.
    [informal]- ill-tempered
    mean[noun] -smth. having a position , quality or condition midway between extremes
    means [used with a sg. or pl. verb] - a method, a course of action, or an instrument by which an act can be accomplished or an end achieved
    means [used with a pl.verb] - money, property or other wealth, etc.



    Regards,

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterluo
    if the "mean " is used for "way "of tools or transport ,then you should use "means ",and its singular and plural are the same form
    if the "mean "would be used as an "explanation ",then you should use its form "meaning "
    right ?
    Hello Waterluo

    Yes, that's right: when "means" = "method", it can take a singular verb when it relates to one method (e.g. of transport), and a plural verb when it relates to several methods (again, e.g. of transport).

    But for the noun that means "explanation" or "thing signified", you always use "meaning" (e.g. "What's the meaning of of this sentence?").

    All the best,

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    Default Re: means of transport is or are?

    Quote Originally Posted by sheena55ro
    Thank you very much MrPedantic.
    I still have a question related to the determinatives I can use with means [with a plural verb]
    Can I use :"these/those ,etc. means of transport are " or only "several means of ..."
    Have a good weekend, too
    Hello Sheena

    That's right - you can use the full range of determiners with "means of (transport)", e.g. "these", "those", "that", "one", "a", "the", "some", "several", etc.

    See you later,

    MrP

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    Default Re: means of transport is or are?

    Thank you very much for clarifying that ,MrP.



    See you

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