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Anonymous:when somebody asks, "Would you mind opening the window?"
Do you use "Yes" when you answer as in the next sentence?
"Yes. I'm sorry because I've caught a cold."
To me it sounds awkward.
Would you mind opening the window?
No, I'll do it for you right now.
Yes, I'll open the window.
To say that you don't want to open the window it is clearer to avoid either yes or no and just say something along the lines of "I'd rather not as I've caught a cold. sorry." or "Would you mind if I didn't? I have a cold, you see".
Aren't we strange!
Requests that begin "Would you mind..." seem to be almost impossible to refuse, even if you do have a cold.
Anonymouswhen somebody asks, "Would you mind opening the window?""No, not at all" is probably the most common reply. If you have a problem with a window being opened at a certain moment, say "Do you mind if we keep it closed as I...".
Anonymous:Thank you for your answer. Then, if you say, "I'm sorry I can't.I caught a bad cold." to the question "Would you mind opening the window?"
Is it ok?
It sounds a little odd.
"I can't", in this context, suggests an inability to open the window, rather than an unwillingness. "I'd rather not" would be more appropriate.
And here you would say "I have a cold" (describing a state), rather than "I caught a cold" (describing an event).
"I'm sorry, I'd rather not, if you don't mind – I have a bad cold."
(It's best to stress the fact that your cold is bad, even if it isn't.)
Anonymous:is it do you mind TO OPEN ...
do you mind opening....
im not a native speaker and this little issue keeps bothering me in every test i've taken such as toeic and toefl...
does anyone know which one is correct and what's the difference?
thanks a lot!
Anonymousis it do you mind TO OPEN ...Hi,
The first one doesn't work.
As far as I know (but I'm open to corrections if what I write is not natural ), you need either "Do you mind opening the window" (I'm asking you to open it) or "Do you mind if I open the window?"/"Do you mind my opening the window" (I'm politely asking if you have any objections, but I'll open it).
PS: Next time please open a new thread instead of posting in a very old one.
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