Can anyone explain the difference between "mean +ing" and "mean +infinitive with to"? As far as I know one uses "mean +infinitive with to" to show one`s intentions and "mean +ing" to express what will be the result of some actions. Am I right?

For example what should we put into blanks over here :

I meant to tell/telling you there`s a job vacancy at the chemist's.

Well, I won't apply if it means to work/working at the weekend.

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    can you give some examples?
    – Chris M
    Mar 6, 2017 at 21:49
  • @ChrisM, done. Examples are added.
    – some1 here
    Mar 6, 2017 at 21:55

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'I meant to tell you there's a job vacancy'


'I won't apply if it means working at the weekend'

I mean to ...

Conveys having the intention of doing something

It means doing ...

Is an idiom signifying "will result in" ....

  • @Yaroslav Trofimov No worries!
    – Chris M
    Mar 6, 2017 at 22:05

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