Monday, March 29, 2010

quicko: meant to

In Australian English, you're meant to use "meant to" for "supposed to." It tells how things should work -- "you're meant to take off the foil before putting it in the microwave" -- or what you're socially obligated to do -- "you're not meant to talk with food in your mouth" -- or what you're legally obligated to do -- "you were meant to stop at that light." Also used in such situations as "you're not actually meant to take an alpaca surfing."

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