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    "he means business"

    Dear all,

    When someone says about someone else that "he means business", what does he mean? It 's famous on google but I can't catch the accurate meaning.

    Thanka a lot.

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    Re: "he means business"

    He/She is serious about something.

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    Re: "he means business"

    Thanks a lot. So it generally means "serious" with nothing to do with one's own job?

    Thanks.

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    Re: "he means business"

    Right.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: "he means business"

    Quote Originally Posted by maiabulela View Post
    Thanks a lot. So it generally means "serious" with nothing to do with one's own job?

    Thanks.
    - as everyone has said , but "serious" in the sense of 'having a clear intention', not "serious" in the sense of 'having a grave demeanour'. Often the two go together, but not always.

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    Re: "he means business"

    That's a really good point, Bob.

    When my daughter gets up to bat, she means business. She plans to knock that ball over the left fielder's head. But she is not "grave" -- just focused!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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