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    What does .... mean? and What's the meaning of ....?

    1-What does .... mean?
    2-What's the meaning of ....?

    I know both are correct to ask about word's meanings
    but which one is more popular 1 or 2?

    e.g.

    1-What does snake mean?
    2-What's the meaning of snake?


    1-What does pig mean?
    2-What's the meaning of pig?


    And Is there any difference?

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    Re: What does .... mean? and What's the meaning of ....?

    Quote Originally Posted by love-you-mom View Post
    1-What does .... mean?
    2-What's the meaning of ....?

    I know both are correct to ask about word's meanings
    but which one is more popular 1 or 2?

    e.g.

    1-What does snake mean?
    2-What's the meaning of snake?


    1-What does pig mean?
    2-What's the meaning of pig?


    And Is there any difference?
    There is no difference. My guess is 1 is more common.

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    Re: What does .... mean? and What's the meaning of ....?

    I have a small suspicion that 2 may be more common in BrE, but except for emsr2d2 our British colleagues all seem to be on vacation. I hope they are enjoying a summer of exceptionally fine weather.

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    Re: What does .... mean? and What's the meaning of ....?

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    I have a small suspicion that 2 may be more common in BrE, but except for emsr2d2 our British colleagues all seem to be on vacation. I hope they are enjoying a summer of exceptionally fine weather.
    On behalf of my holidaying compatriots, I can confirm that "What does xxx mean?" is certainly more common when talking about a definition of a word, particularly in language learning.

    We have a set phrase or exclamation "What is the meaning of this?" which is uttered (usually shouted) when someone comes upon a situation which angers them in some way. It's very difficult to describe a situation where it would work but it's the only time that I would use "What is the meaning of ...?" naturally.

    If I were to start with "What is the ..." I would almost certainly follow it with "definition" and "of the word".

    What does "robotic" mean?
    What is the definition of the word "robotic"?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What does .... mean? and What's the meaning of ....?

    Quote Originally Posted by love-you-mom View Post

    1-What does "snake" mean?
    2-What's the meaning of "snake"?


    1-What does "pig" mean?
    2-What's the meaning of "pig"?


    And Is there any difference?
    Please note that, as emsr2d2 did, you should use inverted commas around the word you are asking about. I used the double ones here for clarity purposes, but single ones can also be used.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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