I see a lot of examples of be intended to and intend to. Both of them mean plan to do.

Some examples:

Selling was my game and I intended to be a winner.

The ban is intended to be permanent.

I guess the difference between them is if the subject is human, it should use be intended to. Otherwise use intend to. Is that right?

  • "if the subject is human" what makes you think so?
    – Kris
    Sep 1 '14 at 4:42
  • Logically, intending can only be done by an living being. A stone cannot "intend" to do something, right? It's not about grammar as such. The ban did not intend, but someone intended that the ban ought to be or do something. HTH.
    – Kris
    Sep 1 '14 at 4:44
  • @Kris, I understood it now , Actually I want to say the subject is an living being like human . Thanks your nice comments. :)
    – Joe.wang
    Sep 1 '14 at 5:55
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    Isn't this just an active versus passive voice difference?
    – Barmar
    Sep 1 '14 at 7:01
  • Oh..I didn't thought that.
    – Joe.wang
    Sep 1 '14 at 7:03

"Is intended to" means someone has intentions for something other than themself. "Say hello to Fred, everyone. He's intended to fill the position Jack occupied before his retirement. I intended to tell you about him last week, but I forgot."

  • See my comment at OP. HTH.
    – Kris
    Sep 1 '14 at 4:45

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