083. What do you mean by…?

 

I. EXAMPLES:

What do you mean by saying that?

What do you mean by canceling your performance?

What do you mean by “out of the question”?

What do you mean by asking such a question?

II. DIALOGUES:

Boyfriend: Happy anniversary!

Girlfriend: What do you mean?

Boyfriend: Today is our one-month anniversary of dating.

Girlfriend: Oh, I see. You know everything has a beginning and an end.

Boyfriend: What do you mean by saying that?

Girlfriend: Well, I think it’s time for us to break up. I’m sorry.

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