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    what is vs what is meant by

    Hi,

    Background:
    Someone asks me "are you angry?" when talking with me.
    I don't understand what is "angry".

    Question:
    When it is talking, which of the following sentenceS will you say?

    Sentence1:

    What is angry?
    Sentence2:
    What is meant by angry?
    Sentence3:
    What is the meaning of angry?
    Sentence4:
    What do you mean about angry?



    Thanks

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    Re: what is vs what is meant by

    Quote Originally Posted by uktous View Post
    Hi,

    Background:
    Someone asks me "are you angry?" when talking with me.
    I don't understand what is "angry".

    Question:
    When it is talking, which of the following sentenceS will you say?

    Sentence1:

    What is angry?
    Sentence2:
    What is meant by angry?
    Sentence3:
    What is the meaning of angry?
    Sentence4:
    What do you mean about angry?



    Thanks
    Sentence 3 is correct, if I understand what you are saying here.

    My confusion comes from your statement "When it is talking." Do you mean to say "When I am talking?

    By the way, speaking would be a better word in this context than talking.

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    Re: what is vs what is meant by

    Quote Originally Posted by kfredson View Post
    Sentence 3 is correct, if I understand what you are saying here.

    My confusion comes from your statement "When it is talking." Do you mean to say "When I am talking?

    By the way, speaking would be a better word in this context than talking.

    "When I am talking?"

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    Re: what is vs what is meant by

    Quote Originally Posted by kfredson View Post
    Sentence 3 is correct, if I understand what you are saying here.

    My confusion comes from your statement "When it is talking." Do you mean to say "When I am talking?

    By the way, speaking would be a better word in this context than talking.
    (Not a teacher)

    I believe he means 'When it is talking/speaking' as opposed to being in writing.

    Yes, number three, if you don't know the meaning of the word angry.

    If you know what 'angry' means, but you don't know why the person you are talking to thinks you are angry, you could say, 'What do you mean by 'angry'?', or, 'What makes you say that?'
    Last edited by Linguist__; 21-Dec-2009 at 06:09. Reason: Forgot to add '(Not a teacher)'

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    Re: what is vs what is meant by

    You can also say 'What does angry mean?'

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