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    Mean

    I understand there are more than one meanings of "mean". Is the following sentence sensible?

    "May is mean because she doesn't share food with her younger sister."

    Thanks.

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    Re: Mean

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    I understand there are more than one meanings of "mean". Is the following sentence sensible?

    "May is mean because she doesn't share food with her younger sister."

    Thanks.
    Which meaning do you think is relevant in the sentence?
    Last edited by tedmc; 27-Sep-2017 at 07:10.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: Mean

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    Which meaning do you think is relavant in the sentence?
    It means May is not willing to share things with others.

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    Re: Mean

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    It means May is not willing to share things with others.
    The part of the sentence that suggests "May is not willing to share things with others" is "she doesn't share food with her younger sister". I say suggests because it doesn't mean that. She might only refuse to share food with her younger sister. She might share everything else with everyone else.

    So let's try again. You said there is more than one definition of the word "mean". You have presumably found those definitions in a dictionary. Which definition of "mean" fits your sentence?

    (In answer to your main question, your sentence in post #1 is correct and natural. "Sensible" isn't a word we attach to sentences.)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Mean

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    I understand there are is more than one meaning of to (the word) "mean".
    You could also say:
    ... "mean" has more than one meaning.
    or
    ... "mean" has several meanings.

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    Re: Mean

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    You could also say:
    ... "mean" has more than one meaning.
    or
    ... "mean" has several meanings.
    Dear Teechar,

    Why couldn't I use "are" behind "there" because "mean" has more than one meanings.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Mean

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The part of the sentence that suggests "May is not willing to share things with others" is "she doesn't share food with her younger sister". I say suggests because it doesn't mean that. She might only refuse to share food with her younger sister. She might share everything else with everyone else.

    So let's try again. You said there is more than one definition of the word "mean". You have presumably found those definitions in a dictionary. Which definition of "mean" fits your sentence?

    (In answer to your main question, your sentence in post #1 is correct and natural. "Sensible" isn't a word we attach to sentences.)
    Shall I use "Does it make sense" instead of "Is it sensible"?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Mean

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    Shall Should I use "Does it make sense" instead of "Is it sensible"?
    Yes.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Mean

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    Why couldn't I use "are" behind "there" because "mean" has more than one meanings.
    Please post the sentence you have in mind.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Mean

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    Why couldn't I use "are" behind with "there", because "mean" has more than one meaning?
    That's a good question. It may not seem (or may not be) logical, but "more than one" always takes a singular verb in such sentences. There's plenty of discussion about that elsewhere on the Internet.

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