What do you THINK / MEAN?


WHAT DO YOU THINK?” and “WHAT DO YOU MEAN?” are not the same, folks.

Whether you are discussing the latest Big Brother episode or your company’s new advertising strategy, if you want to know your friend’s or colleague’s opinion, then ask, “What do you think?

On the other hand, if someone says something you disagree with, you can say, “What do you mean?” Ladies, imagine the situation. You spend a couple of hours making yourselves (more) beautiful because your partner/boyfriend/husband promised to take you out to dinner that evening. Then when he comes to pick you up he suggests you stay in, order a take-away pizza and watch the football on TV together. I think it’s only fair to say, and in an angry tone, “What do you mean we’re staying home tonight?”

Use the language

When was the last time you had to say, “What do you mean?” to someone. And why?

What do you think about this website? Let me hear your comments and suggestions.

2 comments

  1. Sandra · · Reply

    The last time was yesterday…

    A long and tiring week was the crux* of the problem for i try to reschedule english’s lesson this the weekend.
    So I called my teacher and when he affably* spoke “rest and practice”, i asked:
    – You mean I can do the lesson the other day?
    I think he was also very tired.

    * https://notonlygrammar.wordpress.com/2013/07/20/ghana-must-go-by-taiye-selasi/

    I think I can really enjoy this site.
    Thankful again San.

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    1. That’s the spirit, putting the new words and language tips into practice!

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