Please see my comments and corrections above in red.This is definition in an online dictionary:
If you mean to do something, you intend or plan to do it.
I mean to arrive
athome before 5:00. If I turn mean into meant, the meaning of the sentence becomes "I thought I would have arrived athome, but I could notdidn't." Maybe I needed to work overtime.
If I use the past tense, does its meaning
s have a implicationimply that the thing I intended to do didn't happen? Right?
Effectively, yes. If you simply said "I meant to arrive home at 5pm" then most people would assume that for some reason you were either early or late. However, you can say "I meant to arrive home at 5pm and I did!" with a triumphant smile proving that you are entirely capable of achieving the time you aimed for.
If I am right, "is/are meant to do something" and "was/were meant to do someting" have the same difference.
isare meant to wash your hands before dinner. (Someone's advice to you but only aadvice. He/she reminds you to do the thing you should do.)
It's not necessarily advice. It's just a statement of generally accepted fact - that it is a good idea to wash your hands before dinner. It could also be worded "One is meant to wash one's hands before dinner".
waswere meant to wash your hands before dinner. (The sentence implies that you don'tdidn't do the thing you shouldshould have done, or you forgot it.)
With this example, the likelihood is that you didn't wash your hands. The person might say "Your hands are very dirty. You were meant to wash them before dinner".
However, an equally valid question would be "You were meant to wash your hands before dinner. Did you do it?" and you might say "Yes, I did".
Am I right?
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