When we talk to people, sometimes we need to ask extra questions to understand them better. Two common questions we might ask are "What do you mean?" and "How do you mean?". While they sound similar, they're used in different situations to get clarity.
"What do you mean?" is the question you ask when you're confused or didn't understand what someone said. It's like saying, "I didn't catch that, can you explain it again?" For example, if your friend says, "I think this is a bad idea," and you're not sure what part of the idea they're talking about, you'd ask, "What do you mean?" to get more details.
"How do you mean?" is a bit more specific. Use it when you understand the words but not the deeper meaning or reason behind them. It's another way of asking, "Can you give me more details about how you're thinking about this?" So, if someone says, "That movie was interesting," and you want to know exactly what made it interesting to them, you'd ask, "How do you mean?".
In short, use "What do you mean?" when you need someone to repeat or clarify something because you're lost. Use "How do you mean?" when you're curious about the specifics or want to dive deeper into someone's thoughts.
Examples & More Words
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The difference between "once you open the page" and "when you open the page" is in the meaning and usage of the two adverbs.
"Once you open the page" implies that the action of opening the page will happen only once and it suggests a specific moment in time. It indicates that something will happen after the page is opened, and this event will happen only once, such as "Once you open the page, you will see a pop-up message".
"When you open the page" implies that the action of opening the page is hypothetical or conditional. It suggests a general or future time, and it indicates that something will happen at that time or under that condition. For example, "When you open the page, you can see the list of products available on the website".
In summary, "once you open the page" suggests a specific moment in time, while "when you open the page" suggests a general or future time.
The word "accordingly" is an adverb that means in a manner that is appropriate to the circumstances or in a way that follows from or is in agreement with what has just been said.
This is what your dictionary will tell you. But let's try to tame this definition a bit by looking at different examples and the meaning in the sentences.
It appears here and there, usually causing some confusion. It's more often avoided than used (by students, of course). I think it's time to befriend this little fellow.
The word "altogether" can be used in different ways, depending on the context. Here are some common examples:
Note: Altogether is one word and not to be confused with "all together" which means "in a group or all at once".
"Truly" is a pretty common word we use all the time, but sometimes we might wanna spice things up with different words that mean the same thing. In this post, we're gonna check out some other words that can replace "truly" and make your words sound cooler.
and some examples to make our lives much easier
TIP: If you are an intermediate learner pick 3 ideas from above. If you are an advanced learner, try to put all of them into your active vocabulary. The ones that are causing more pronunciation problems leave for writing.
Or these, if the situation is really informal:
EXPRESSIONS WITH HAVE
EXPRESSIONS WITH BE
Don't learn all of them. Pick and choose. Max 3 to start with. Once you feel confident using the first three you have chosen you can come back for more.