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    Unhappy I mean to do sth vs I am meaning to do sth

    Hi everyone!
    I've been racking my brains to explain why the following sentence is wrong : " I am meaning to finish my homework tonight" I do believe it should be " I mean to finish my homework tonight" but I can hardly explain why. Any help??

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    Re: I mean to do sth vs I am meaning to do sth

    The simple explanation is that we use the present continuous far less often (in most variants of English) than some people and grammar books would have you believe.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I mean to do sth vs I am meaning to do sth

    I suppose it is correct to say, " I was meaning to tell you.." or " I have been meaning to write for ages but I was so busy studying for my exams".

    Evidently, the verb "mean" in the aforementioned sentences can be used in progressive tenses.

    What about " I am meaning to finish my homework tonight" ?

    Why can't the verb "mean" be used in a progressive tense such as ithe sentence above??

    I would really appreciate more details on this.

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    Re: I mean to do sth vs I am meaning to do sth

    "I am meaning to finish my homework tonight" is grammatically correct, but is not commonly used in most varieties and dialects of English.

    The present progressive tense is more often used in Indian English.

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    Re: I mean to do sth vs I am meaning to do sth

    Why use the continuous tense when you can use the simple present tense to mean the same thing?
    Same thing with using the past perfect tense - why use it when you can use the simple past tense?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: I mean to do sth vs I am meaning to do sth

    Suppose a student sits for an exam and has to answer a multuple choice question like this:

    I ................to finish the final details tonight.
    a. am going to mean
    b. will mean
    c. am meaning
    d. mean
    It goes without saying that the right choice is D.
    Why can't we choose C, though??
    In other words why can't we use "mean" in a present progressive tense the same way as we can use "mean"
    in other progressive tenses such as '' I was meaning to tell you,... or I have been meaning to do sth.....

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    Re: I mean to do sth vs I am meaning to do sth

    It's a question of usage. We just don't tend to say it that way about present/future situations.

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