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"Intend" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "estar destinado a", and "mean" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "significar". Learn more about the difference between "intend" and "mean" below.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to be targeted at; used with "for")
a. estar destinado a
Do you think her comments about dishonest people were intended for me?¿Crees que sus comentarios sobre las personas deshonestas estaban destinados a mí?
b. ser para
The new park is intended for children under the age of eight.El parque nuevo es para niños menores de ocho años.
c. ir dirigido a
That hand signal was intended for you.Esa seña con la mano iba dirigida a ti.
2. (to have as one's purpose; followed by a noun)
a. tener la intención de
I'm sorry. I never intended any offense.Lo siento. Nunca tuve la intención de ofender.
b. ser la intención de
He intended no disrespect, he's just a bit rough.No fue su intención faltar el respeto. Es solamente que es algo tosco.
3. (to plan or want to do something; followed by the infinitive)
a. tener pensado
I intend to take the family to the beach this weekend.Tengo pensado llevar a la familia a la playa este fin de semana.
b. tener la intención de
We intend to finish painting the house by nightfall.Tenemos la intención de terminar de pintar la casa al anochecer.
c. pensar
Erica intends to study medicine.Erica piensa estudiar medicina.
d. querer
I intend to wake up early and run tomorrow morning.Quiero levantarme temprano y salir a correr mañana por la mañana.
e.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I'm sure she didn't intend to break the glass.Estoy seguro de que no rompió el vaso a propósito.
This book is intended to help young students.Este libro está dirigido a estudiantes jóvenes.
4. (to plan for someone; often used with "for")
a. querer que
I intend for my children to study abroad.Quiero que mis hijos estudien en el exterior.
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mean(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to signify)
a. significar
"Monsieur" means "sir" in French."Monsieur" significa "señor" en francés.
b. querer decir
What does this paragraph mean?¿Qué quiere decir este párrafo?
2. (to refer to)
a. querer decir
What did you mean when you said you didn't think this was working?¿Qué quisiste decir cuando dijiste que esto no está funcionando?
3. (to imply)
a. referirse
When I said I didn't want to talk to anybody, I didn't mean you.Cuando dije que no quería hablar con nadie, no me refería a ti.
4. (to intend)
a. tener la intención de
I didn't mean to say the things that I said. I'm sorry.No tuve la intención de decir lo que dije. Lo siento.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
5. (average)
a. la media
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The mean of the above numbers is 22.La media de los números anteriores es 22.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
6. (nasty)
a. malo
You're so mean! All you ever do is criticize me!¡Eres tan malo! ¡Te pasas el día criticándome!
b. mezquino
You have to demonstrate that the teacher is being mean and not just being strict.Tienes que demostrar que el profesor está siendo mezquino y no simplemente estricto.
7. (miserly)
a. tacaño
Her first husband was wealthy but mean. He hated to spend money.Su primer marido era rico pero tacaño. Odiaba gastar dinero.
b. mezquino
Ebenezer Scrooge was a very mean individual when it came to money.Ebenezer Scrooge fue un hombre muy mezquino en lo que tenía que ver con el dinero.
8. (average)
a. medio
Find the mean number of girls born in families with six children.Encuentra el número medio de niñas nacidas en familias con seis hijos.
9.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(excellent)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. increíble
I can make you a mean lemonade if you hang on a sec.Te puedo preparar una limonada increíble si me esperas tantito.
b. bestial (slang)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
You can make a mean salsa with canned tomatoes.Se puede hacer una salsa bestial con tomates en lata.
means
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
10. (method)
a. el medio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Politics only ennobles when it is a means to serve others.La política sólo enaltece cuando es un medio para servir al prójimo.
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
11. (reasons)
a. los medios
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The means are justified if we consider all options.Los medios están justificados si consideramos todas las opciones.
12. (wealth)
a. los recursos
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The thief lacks the means to pay a good lawyer.El ladrón no tiene los recursos para pagar un buen abogado.
b. los medios
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Not everyone has the means to pursue higher education.No todo el mundo tiene los medios para proseguir los estudios superiores.
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