I know it looks stupid but I really couldn't understand why it's "mean" and not "means". Is it because it's on the past?

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It's because it is in the infinitive, which always uses the uninflected form. Likewise:

  • It is supposed to do that.
  • It is not supposed to jump like that.
  • It is supposed to mean nothing.

The answer is due to basic English infinitives.

  • She has {to take} her medication.
  • Not - She has to takes her medication.

  • He is supposed {to attend} to his own wounds.
  • Not - He is supposed to attends to his own wounds.

Infinitives are a basic feature of the English language, and many other languages including Hebrew. They should be among the first features to in which {to gain} expediency when learning English.

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