[Vocabulary] 27.means to give

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[FONT=&#23435]1.The expression means to give yourself away.[/FONT]
[FONT=&#23435] 2. This means waiting.[/FONT]
[FONT=&#23435]3.I mean to do that.[/FONT]
[FONT=&#23435]My question is " to give" should be corrected into giving.Am I right?Thanks![/FONT]
 

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No, it's fine to me, but I would italicise it:
This expression mean to give yourself away.
 

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No, it's fine to me, but I would italicise it:
This expression mean to give yourself away.
What do you think of 2.In my eyes , 1.=2. If 1. right, 2. is wrong.
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2 = This involves waiting
3 = I intend to do that

Where mean is similar to involve, then it's right to use a gerund. The first is different; it is giving a definition, which is why I put it in italics, to separate it from the rest- as a definition, it follows different rules and we normally use an infinitive for a definition.
 

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2 = This involves waiting
3 = I intend to do that

Where mean is similar to involve, then it's right to use a gerund. The first is different; it is giving a definition, which is why I put it in italics, to separate it from the rest- as a definition, it follows different rules and we normally use an infinitive for a definition.
I agree with you . Thank you!
 
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