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Old August 07, 2008, 03:03 PM
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Rusty, Why do you say this sentence (I meant to say)? I know that the past tense form of mean is meant: Decir, dijo, but why do you use the word say too? I don't understand that phrase. Could you explain it to me in more detail?
I meant to say = I wanted to say = Quería/Quise decir

We say 'I meant to say' more frequently than we say 'I wanted to say', but they are identical phrases. They both mean 'quería/quise decir'.

Don't confuse 'to mean' (significar/querer decir) with 'to mean to say'. They are not the same. The first example is a simple verb. The second example is a phrasal verb; the two verbs function together and have a specific meaning.
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