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How can I answer "Do you mind" Hi, If someone asked me "Do you mind me ...", what should I answer when I don't mind? What should I answer if I do mind? Thank you!
Aug 20, 2014 6:02 PM
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"Not at all." You can also use "Go ahead." or "Be my guest." but they may depend on the specific situation.
August 20, 2014
"Not at all" is the first response I can think of. If you want to be absolutely clear, then use "No, I don't mind". You can technically say "yes, I do mind", but this is a little blunt and unfriendly for native speakers to hear. We're usually more diplomatic, so we use a phrase to introduce bad news, then give a reason. We don't usually reject the request directly unless we are quite angry. You've probably come across the "buffer" phrases already: "I'm sorry, but...", "I'm afraid that...", "Unfortunately, ..." and so on. Do you mind of I sit here? I'm sorry, but my friend is sitting there. She's just stepped out for a second. Do you mind if I smoke? I'm afraid that I'm eating at the moment. Do you mind paying for dinner? Unfortunately, I was about to ask you the same thing!
August 20, 2014
"Do you mind..." really means, "Is this a problem for you?" So you would say, "No" if it is not a problem, and "Yes" if it is a problem.
August 20, 2014
When you don't mind: "No, I don't mind at all!" When you DO mind: "Yes, I do mind."
August 20, 2014
Hi Someone would usually say, Do you mind if/that - Do you mind if you go home as I am tired? You would say. I don't mind, or That's OK, That's fine. I understand, I'll go now. If you did mind, you would say Yes I do mind actually. or I don't want to go home as I came all the way here to see you! If you were very annoyed you would say. Yes I do mind! I'm not going now. Do you mind that there's only one potato and not two potatoes as I promised? No, I don't mind. That's fine. It's OK. or I do mind, give me what you promised. I'm not happy about that, no. Do you mind me jumping the queue? No that's fine. or I don't mind, it's OK. Yes I do mind! I'm not moving.
August 20, 2014
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