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Mean vs. means

 
 
Axysses
 
Reply Thu 19 Sep, 2013 04:32 am
"77 new trains mean getting home sooner."

This was an advert I saw for my local train service. Anyone can break it down and explain whether "mean" is the correct choice, and illustrate under what situations do you use the "s"?

Thanks a lot!
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PUNKEY
 
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Reply Thu 19 Sep, 2013 06:15 am
In this sentence, mean is a verb

(they) mean

(it) means

definition: to have an effect

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dalehileman
 
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Reply Thu 19 Sep, 2013 09:39 am
@Axysses,
Axy I'm sure Punk's analysis is technically accurate but I'd agree with you that "mean" sounds funny and the subject truly is singular, that is, say, the advent of 77 new trains means...
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