Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 10 months ago

What’s the difference between these two phrases ( what do you mean ?) and ( what are you trying to say?)?

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  • Anonymous
    10 months ago

    They are similar but slightly different.

    But both mean that the person who is asking this question does not understand the other person. The asker is asking for clarification.

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  • Anonymous
    10 months ago

    "What do you mean?" - I don't understand what you said, or it needs further explanation.

    "What are you trying to say?" - I suspect you have an ulterior motive

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  • John P
    Lv 7
    10 months ago

    In general conversation there is not much difference. Possibly the first is "neutral", the second certainly has a hint of exasperation.

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  • 10 months ago

    From me, the first question means we can't understand what the person is saying, but it's from us.

    Th second makes us suppose that the person who is talking, has difficulty to expressing him / herself. Or express what they are thinking.

    • 10 months agoReport

      Thank u ! The best answer so far

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  • Pontus
    Lv 7
    10 months ago

    Structure only. The meanings are the same.

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  • 10 months ago

    The phrasing of a same

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  • 10 months ago

    Please reiterate.

    • M.
      Lv 7
      10 months agoReport

      Lol!

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