Hi there,

I have been trying to find an answer but still unable to get one. I have seen the sentences like "It is the means" or "it is means" which should be (according to me) it means, other one is "it is seems" which should be it seems. Can you please clarify the mentioned issue?

When "means" is a noun that indicates "method" or "way", it's both the singular and the plural. In other words, it always has an "s". It may be preceded by the article "a" or "the".

They wanted a means to avoid prosecution.
We need an effective means to achieve our goal.
In economics the means of production includes raw materials.

When "mean" is a verb that indicates 'signify' or 'indicate', it may occur with or without an "s", just like any other verb, depending on the subject of the sentence. ("It is means" is impossible on its own.)

I know what that word means.
What do you mean by that remark?
Please clarify what this means.

The verb "seems" also works the same as other verbs. ("It is seems" is impossible.)


geekay1983"It is the means"

There is a set phrase

It is the means to an end. 

Means here is a noun. The definition is "a way."

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/a-means-to-an-end https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/a%20means%20to%20an%20end

eg. I didn't really want to go to Jay's party, but I knew that Julie would be there. I have been wanting to meet her for months. So going to the party is a means to the end. (e.g. a way to get to meet her.)

Compare with:

It means we are done. 

Means here is a verb.