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Asking questions with the verb “mean”

Asking questions with “mean” can be confusing. Let’s dive into the explanations. Question form with ‘mean’ This is how you construct a question with the verb mean: – What does ‘auxiliary’ mean? Don’t use: What means ‘auxiliary’? Preposition ‘by’ in questions with ‘mean’ If you form a sentence like “What do you mean by ‘auxiliary’?” you […]

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Grammar: will have + past participle

Construction of will have and past participle is rather interesting. It is used to “express certainty or confidence about the past” (Swan 622). Examples of will have and past participle A student is given this sentence to rephrase by using WILL  (taken from Spotlight on CAE): Paul said he would call April to tell her he’s not […]

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Noun “means” (use and grammar)

Noun means is both in plural and singular, don’t let the ending -s fool you. Here are some examples. It the 19th century a new means of communication was developed – the railway. (Swan) There are several means of transport on the island. (Swan) For some artists, the internet is a means of exploring and highlighting how digital technologies […]