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    means or meant?

    In an exercise, I'd encountered this question: What is meant by 'the reverse'?

    In my answer, do I write:

    1) 'The reverse' means ......

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    2) 'The reverse' meant .........

    Thank you!

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    Re: means or meant?

    Use "means" in the active.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: means or meant?

    May I know how to write in passive, using meant? Or is it incorrect to use meant in response to this question?

    Thank you!

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    Re: means or meant?

    The passive answer would be very unnatural.

    What is meant by "ugly"?
    "Not pretty" is meant by "ugly".

    The most natural answer would be "It means 'not pretty'."
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: means or meant?

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    In an exercise, I'd encountered this question: [...]
    Then what happened after that to make you feel the need for the past perfect tense?

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    #6

    Re: means or meant?

    That's a good one, Raymott

    I should have simply written it as - In an exercise, I encountered this question......
    Is this right?

    Thank you!

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    Re: means or meant?

    Yes.

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