meaning and usageThe word “mind” means dislike, object to, or be annoyed by.
The word “mind” is used mostly in questions and negative clauses.
- A. Do you mind the smell of an old abandon house? Not at all.
- B. Do you mind if I wear casual dress for tomorrow?
- C. I don’t mind if we take a cab.
using “ would you mind”-We use “would you mind….? to ask people to do something or to ask for permission.
- A. Would you mind giving me the keys? ( = Please give me the keys.)
- B. Would you mind if I turn off the lights?
Do/ Would you mind my……..ing?In formal style, we sometimes use my or your etc with an –ing form after mind.
- A. Do you mind my humming while in the bus? Or we can say: Do you mind me humming while in the bus? Or we can say : Do you mind if I hum while in the bus?
answers- After would/ do you mind….? we use “No or Not at all” for answers and its more formal to give permission ( but we often add more words or use other phrases for answers to make the meaning clear : for example ; no, please do, sure, or that’s okay.
Example : Do you mind if I look at the pictures in your wallet? Sure.
• A present tense is used in subordinate clauses if we want to express a future meaning.
Example : I don’t mind what you do after work. ( We don’t use I don’t mind what you will do after work.)