"meant to have"

David Sutcliffe david.sutcliffe at UPF.EDU
Sun Sep 24 10:29:16 UTC 2006

Bad Brits !  Bad !!


David Sutcliffe <david.sutcliffe at UPF.EDU> wrote:
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Subject: Re: "meant to have"

Yes, bad Brits! But then we're meant to be a bit eccentric, ^aren't we.

And in our favo(u)r we don't say "drop by" - how exactly can you drop by?

David Sutcliffe

I previously wrote:
For me, as a British English speaker, "are meant to have died" is not
noticeably strange at first glance. But I agree, it is strange, on further

A parallel (invented) example would be "...people are meant to have been
happier in the old days."

Re this and the seventeenth century "mean", what about "I mean, ..." as a sort
of filler, with some vague meaning of protest or emphasis?

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