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    Hello Everyone,

    What is the equivalent of the underlined?

    The Sydney Opera House was meant to look like a giant sailing ship. But you may bring whatever interpretation you would to it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sky753 View Post
    Hello Everyone,

    What is the equivalent of the underlined?

    The Sydney Opera House was meant to look like a giant sailing ship. But you may bring whatever interpretation you would to it.


    Regards

    Sky
    meant to here means "intended to".
    The architect who designed it intended to give the Sydney Opera house a giant Sailing ship. And this particular piece of architecture attracts many torists every year for its uniqueness.

    P.S. : I am not a techer of English, just someone who loves the language.

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    I agree with Sudhkamp, but would add that relationships got so bad during the construction of it, with changes being made to the design and technical issues, that the original architect resigned before it was finished and wasn't present at the opening. I think, in fact, he saw it for the first time a couple of years ago.

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    Default Re: be meant to?

    It was the intention of the designer* that you would think that it looked like a sailing ship (appropriate, given its setting: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi..._side_view.jpg
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    *Or someone: the person who commissioned it, or one or both of the architects...

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