mean + 動名詞表達某個動作的結果或必要的事,在這種用法上,mean 可以被 involve 取代。

  • If you take that job in London it will mean travelling for two hours every day.
  • We could take the ferry to France, but that will mean spending a night in a hotel.
  • Buying this jacket now means not buying another until next year.
  • Leaving school would mean finding a job.

mean + 不定詞表達一種意圖或計畫;在這種用法上,mean 可以被 intend 取代。

  • Did you mean to dial this number?
  • I mean to finish this job by the end of the week!
  • I didn't mean to hurt you.
  • I meant to return the books on time.