These 2 words “Think or Mean” can be confusing at times and I hope that the table below, helps you to understand how to use them.
Think – the power of the mind, is often used as:
|A personal opinion or judgement
|I think this is a pretty dress.
I think he’s very greedy.
I think she’s very pretty.
|The act of thinking
|Think where you last saw your bag and then you will remember where you put it.
I think so too.
|I think it will snow tomorrow
|As a verb
|They all thought you should get a promotion.
We’ve been thinking of buying a new car
I’ve been thinking of joining a gym class.
|What do you think she’ll do next?
Do you think this pullover is red or blue?
Mean – to intend to, by which means, or nasty, is often used as:
|A verb, to explain our intentions
|I meant to call you yesterday but totally forgot.
I mean what I say.
|A noun, e.g. to explain a meaning
(plural of mean is “means”)
An adjective, unkind, nasty or cruel
|What does this word mean?
You haven’t understood me, I mean I will call you Sunday and not Saturday.
What do you mean?
Written letters are a mean of communication
Do you have the means to pay for this?
A means of transport is railways. Catching a train.
The mean of the numbers is the average.
This person is really mean.
This child is mean, he bullies other children.