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    wrong use of 'mean'?

    Is it wrong to use 'mean' as a linking verb? Or is it a mistake that only foreigners would make and you native speakers would consider it ungrammatical even in informal speech?
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    example:
    'frequently' means similar to 'probably'. (missing object)
    'frequently' means like 'probably'. (missing object)

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    Re: wrong use of 'mean'?

    Quote Originally Posted by dihen View Post
    Is it wrong to use 'mean' as a linking verb? Or is it a mistake that only foreigners would make and you native speakers would consider it ungrammatical even in informal speech?
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    example:
    'frequently' means similar to 'probably'. (missing object)
    'frequently' means like 'probably'. (missing object)
    "Mean(s)" is not a linking verb.

    "frequently" is similar to "probably" (not really)
    "frequently" means "commonly"

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    Re: wrong use of 'mean'?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    "frequently" is similar to "probably" (not really)
    "frequently" means "commonly"
    I actually copied the wrong word when I was using the 'cut' and 'paste' functions. I wanted to say these instead.:
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    "frequently" is similar to "often".
    "frequently" means like "often".
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    Is "frequently" similar to "often"?
    And sentence I was copying the wrong word from were " 'possibly' means similar to 'probably'." and " 'possibly' means like 'probably'.". Is "possibly" similar to probably?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    "Mean(s)" is not a linking verb.
    My misanalysis is probably because of this.:
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    * [word] means [word] (* subject - verb - predicate)
    [word] is [word] (subject - verb - predicate)

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    Re: wrong use of 'mean'?

    Quote Originally Posted by dihen View Post
    I actually copied the wrong word when I was using the 'cut' and 'paste' functions. I wanted to say these instead.:
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    "frequently" is similar to "often".
    "frequently" means like "often".
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    Is "frequently" similar to "often"?
    And sentence I was copying the wrong word from were " 'possibly' means similar to 'probably'." and " 'possibly' means like 'probably'.". Is "possibly" similar to probably?
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    My misanalysis is probably because of this.:
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    * [word] means [word] (* subject - verb - predicate)
    [word] is [word] (subject - verb - predicate)
    I understand your dilemma, but "means" is transitive and it means "denotes".

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    Re: wrong use of 'mean'?

    My mistake may also be caused by thinking of the meaning of "mean" as "the meaning of [word] is...".
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    "frequently" is similar to "probably" (not really)
    By "not really" do you mean "It in fact doesn't mean "frequently." or is it still partially true that "frequently" is similar to "probably"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    "frequently" means "commonly"
    It doesn't mean "very often"?

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    Re: wrong use of 'mean'?

    Quote Originally Posted by dihen View Post
    My mistake may also be caused by thinking of the meaning of "mean" as "the meaning of [word] is...".
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    By "not really" do you mean "It in fact doesn't mean "frequently." or is it still partially true that "frequently" is similar to "probably"?
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    It doesn't mean "very often"?
    1. Frequently does not mean probably.
    2. Frequently can mean "commonly" or "very often".

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