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    #1

    mean

    Hi,

    What does "mean" mean in this sentence?


    He didn't have a mean bone in his body.

    Thanks a lot

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    #2

    Re: mean

    It means he treats people nice, not in a mean or cruel way.

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    #3

    Re: mean

    mean:
    (BrE) = tight, stingy, unwilling to part with money;
    (BrE and AmE) unkind, cruel;
    Last edited by 5jj; 18-Jan-2011 at 10:25. Reason: error deleted

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    #4

    Re: mean

    Not angry, just unkind.
    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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    #5

    Re: mean

    We can use it for other characteristics:
    She doesn't have a nasty bone in her body
    etc

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    #6

    Re: mean

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Not angry, just unkind.
    Thanks. I have now deleted the incorrect word.
    I'd better stick to my own dialect.

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