Reading: Meaning Revision
What is the difference?
Let’s take a closer look…
Stated meaning is clear meaning.
It is when the author explicitly states what they mean, without being subtle or leaving room for misunderstanding.
Implied meaning is unclear meaning.
It is when the author does not explicitly state what they mean.
They will usually use language techniques so that their meaning is hidden slightly.
Stated meaning is the obvious one.
If a text’s meaning is stated, then it will be clear and not need explaining.
‘I will need you to drop off the products on the 15th June.”
The meaning of this sentence is stated, as it is very clear what the writer means…
…They would like the reader to drop off some products on a specific date.
There is not much else hidden in this sentence. So, it has a stated meaning.
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Implied meaning is the less obvious one.
If a text’s meaning is implied, then it will be less clear and will need to be investigated more.
‘It would be great if the products could be dropped off on the 15th June.”
The meaning of this sentence is implied, as it is initially unclear what the writer means.
The writer makes a general statement that it would be beneficial if some products could be dropped off on a specific date.
However, they do not state who they would like to drop off the products, nor that they want this done.
It is left to the reader to understand that the writer wants them to drop off the products on 15th June, even though it is not stated.
There is something hidden in this sentence. So, it has an implied meaning.