do you mind if i

The following always puzzles bủ as a non-native speaker.

When somebody asks the question "Do you mind if...", there seem vĩ đại be two possible responses.

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  1. "Sure" and "No, not at all", which both mean that the person doesn't mind.
  2. "Actually, I bởi mind", which means that the person does mind.

Why is this ví confusing? Especially, how come people reply "Sure" vĩ đại this question, if that could be understood vĩ đại mean that they for sure bởi mind?

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asked Aug 23, 2010 at 19:45

Peter Smit's user avatar

"Do you mind..." is a polite way of asking "Can you...." For this reason, it's usually acceptable vĩ đại respond vĩ đại the semantic intent of the question by answering "Yes (I can bởi that)", rather than thở responding vĩ đại the grammatical khuông with "No (I don't mind)".

Native speakers sometimes get confused by this, too.

answered Aug 23, 2010 at 19:54

JSBձոգչ's user avatar


"Sure" isn't answering the question as asked; it's answering an implied question, namely: "is it OK with you if...".

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"No, not at all" is answering the question, taken literally.

answered Aug 23, 2010 at 19:58

Steve Melnikoff's user avatar

I'd rather try vĩ đại circumvent the problem. How about something lượt thích this:

*"Do you mind if I open the window?" "Go on."

*"Do you mind if I take a piece of cake?" "Serve yourself."

In the first case it's useful vĩ đại smile if you think it sounds rude.

answered Aug 23, 2010 at 21:27

user706's user avatar

People seem vĩ đại want vĩ đại answer in the affirmative when granting permission (me included), ví I usually ask the question that way: "Is it OK if I..."

answered Aug 24, 2010 at 2:16

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