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    What does 'means' mean?

    There is the word 'means' as a noun. Also, it's supposed to be a singular something. What is it? thanx

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    Re: What does 'means' mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nicky_K View Post
    There is the word 'means' as a noun. Also, it's supposed to be a singular something. What is it? thanx
    It depends. Do you have some context? A dictionary is generally good for looking up single words like this.

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    Re: What does 'means' mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It depends. Do you have some context? A dictionary is generally good for looking up single words like this.
    Thank you. It's the song from 'Wizards Of Waverly Place'. I highlighted both usages of the word 'means' in red

    Well, you know everything's gonna be a breeze
    That the end will no doubt justify the means
    You could fix any problem at the slightest ease
    Yes please

    Well, you might find out, it'll go to your head
    When you write a report on a book you never read
    With the snap of your fingers you can make your bed
    That's what I said

    Everything is not what it seems
    When you can get all you wanted in your wildest dreams
    You might run into trouble if you go to extremes
    Because everything is not what it seems

    Everything is not what it seems
    When you can have what you want by the simplest of means
    Be careful not to mess with the balance of things
    Because everything is not what it seems

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    Re: What does 'means' mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nicky_K View Post
    Thank you. It's the song from 'Wizards Of Waverly Place'. I highlighted both usages of the word 'means' in red

    Well, you know everything's gonna be a breeze
    That the end will no doubt justify the means
    You could fix any problem at the slightest ease
    Yes please

    Well, you might find out, it'll go to your head
    When you write a report on a book you never read
    With the snap of your fingers you can make your bed
    That's what I said

    Everything is not what it seems
    When you can get all you wanted in your wildest dreams
    You might run into trouble if you go to extremes
    Because everything is not what it seems

    Everything is not what it seems
    When you can have what you want by the simplest of means
    Be careful not to mess with the balance of things
    Because everything is not what it seems
    Both examples mean 1. - methods

    means[miːnz]
    n1. (functioning as singular or plural) the medium, method, or instrument used to obtain a result or achieve an end a means of communication
    2. (functioning as plural) resources or income
    3. (functioning as plural) considerable wealth or income a man of means
    means - definition of means by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.



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    Re: What does 'means' mean?

    Means (ethics) is something of instrumental value in order to achieve an end.

    Means (law) is an aspect of a crime needed to convince a jury of guilt in a criminal proceeding.



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    Re: What does 'means' mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shimaa Abd Elwahab View Post
    Means (ethics) is something of instrumental value in order to achieve an end.

    Means (law) is an aspect of a crime needed to convince a jury of guilt in a criminal proceeding.



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    Re: What does 'means' mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nicky_K View Post
    Thank you. It's the song from 'Wizards Of Waverly Place'. I highlighted both usages of the word 'means' in red

    Well, you know everything's gonna be a breeze
    That the end will no doubt justify the means
    You could fix any problem at the slightest ease
    Yes please

    Well, you might find out, it'll go to your head
    When you write a report on a book you never read
    With the snap of your fingers you can make your bed
    That's what I said

    Everything is not what it seems
    When you can get all you wanted in your wildest dreams
    You might run into trouble if you go to extremes
    Because everything is not what it seems

    Everything is not what it seems
    When you can have what you want by the simplest of means
    Be careful not to mess with the balance of things
    Because everything is not what it seems
    I've heard this theme song numerous times. I must point out the obvious error. They say that "Everything is not what it seems" when they mean "Not everything is what it seems."

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