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    What does 'I do not mean you' mean?

    A doctor came in and told a patient after checked the test results. I do not mean you. You have complications (medical related). What does I do not mean you mean?

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    Re: What does I do not mean you mean?

    Is that the first thing the doctor says? It's very odd.

    If the doctor said something like "Some people can... [do something]. I do not mean you. [You cannot do whatever it is - you are not included among this group of people who can.]."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: What does I do not mean you mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Is that the first thing the doctor says? It's very odd.

    If the doctor said something like "Some people can... [do something]. I do not mean you. [You cannot do whatever it is - you are not included among this group of people who can.]."
    Your first guess ("Some people can... [do something]. I do not mean you) probably is right because the patient received the treatments from the other doctors before visited this doctor who ever treated this patient before. Does it mean the doctor is not very happy that the patient received treatments from the other doctors? What does "Some people can... [do something]. I do not mean you" mean?

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    Re: What does I do not mean you mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by compiler View Post
    What does "Some people can... [do something]. I do not mean you" mean?
    It's a way for the doctor to correct herself or soften the impact of what she just said. "Some people die a month after getting this diagnosis -- but I don't mean you, your other blood work shows you'll be OK."

    The doctor said something out loud, forgetting that the patient was in the same room. So she reassured the patient, saying "I don't mean you​."
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    Re: What does I do not mean you mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    It's a way for the doctor to correct herself or soften the impact of what she just said. "Some people die a month after getting this diagnosis -- but I don't mean you, your other blood work shows you'll be OK."

    The doctor said something out loud, forgetting that the patient was in the same room. So she reassured the patient, saying "I don't mean you​."
    Make sense. I do not mean TO you probably means I do not mean that you have the same condition as I talk about, medical complications.
    Last edited by compiler; 26-Dec-2016 at 18:24.

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    Re: What does I do not mean you mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by compiler View Post
    That makes sense. 'I do not mean you' probably means 'I do not mean that you have the same case as I talk about, medical complications'.
    compiler, please note my amendments to your post - especially the use of quotation marks.

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    Re: What does I do not mean you mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    It's a way for the doctor to correct herself or soften the impact of what she just said. "Some people die a month after getting this diagnosis -- but I don't mean you, your other blood work shows you'll be OK."

    The doctor said something out loud, forgetting that the patient was in the same room. So she reassured the patient, saying "I don't mean you​."
    Though it actually appears to be the opposite here as the person has complications. Maybe the doctor should work on bedside manners.

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    Re: What does I do not mean you mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    compiler, please note my amendments to your post - especially the use of quotation marks.
    Wow. I'm impressed you were able to parse that, Rover_KE. It meant nothing to me. Compiler, always indicate quoted text by surrounding it with quotation marks or setting it in italics.
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    Re: What does I do not mean you mean?

    I've belatedly added them to the original thread title.

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    Re: What does I do not mean you mean?

    May be I did not make the question well. Could it be "I do not mean to you" instead of "I do not mean you?" Is it possible there is a TO before you?
    Last edited by compiler; 26-Dec-2016 at 22:13.

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