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    Hello,

    The following examples are all ways of asking for permission.
    What are the differences between them ?
    a.Do you mind if I smoke?
    b.May I smoke here?
    c.You don't mind if I smoke,do you?
    d.Is smoking prmitted here?
    e.Is it okay to smoke here?

    which example seems to be :
    1.Something you can say about official regulation?
    2.What people say when they think it is all right to smoke?
    3.Very polite -the kind of thing you say when you don't know the other person very well.
    4.Not very formal but still polite?
    5.Very informal?

    Could anybody help me please ?

    Warm regards,
    Rose

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    Default Re: Ways of asking for permission

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    a 1
    b 2
    c 3
    d 4
    e 5
    Now, can you tell me why?
    Thanks alot dear tdol !

    Unfortunately,I didn't get what did you mean by your question!

    Thanks once more!

    Regards,
    Rose

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    Default Re: Ways of asking for permission

    Do you know why these are the answers?

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    Default Re: Ways of asking for permission

    hi,
    how come number three is the most polite one? as a smoke-hater , no.3 sound rahter irritating to me. the other person is expecting the stranger (me in this case) not to mind as if it is the normal answer to get.

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    Default Re: Ways of asking for permission

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Do you know why these are the answers?
    Well, I'll try to answer your question according to my understanding !

    a.Do you mind if I smoke?
    Something you can say about official regulation?
    Maybe because that the question begins with "do you mind".

    b.May I smoke here?
    What people say when they think it is all right to smoke
    Maybe because of the word "may".

    c.You don't mind if I smoke,do you?
    Very polite -the kind of thing you say when you don't know the other person very well.
    Maybe because that the question begins with "you don't mind"

    d.Is smoking prmitted here?
    Not very formal but still polite
    Maybe because we have the word "permitted".

    e.Is it okay to smoke here?
    Very informal
    Maybe because that the question begins with "is it okay".

    I don't think that my answes are exactly right , but would you ,tdol, let me know the perfect answers ,please !

    Thanks.

    Warm regards,
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    Default Re: Ways of asking for permission

    Something has gone weird with my original post. This is what it should have read:
    a 3
    b 4
    c 2
    d 1
    e 5

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    Thank god. I was really annoyed with option c.

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    Default Re: Ways of asking for permission

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Something has gone weird with my original post. This is what it should have read:
    a 3
    b 4
    c 2
    d 1
    e 5
    Thank you very much tdol !
    But,can you tell me why ?!!

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    Default Re: Ways of asking for permission

    a & b- requests that allow the person to say 'no'. Questions with 'mind' are more formal.
    c- the question tag suggests that the person should say it's OK- it's not an open question like the previous two.
    d- permit- this suggests regulation not permission
    e- use of 'Okay' is casual

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    a & b- requests that allow the person to say 'no'. Questions with 'mind' are more formal.
    c- the question tag suggests that the person should say it's OK- it's not an open question like the previous two.
    d- permit- this suggests regulation not permission
    e- use of 'Okay' is casual
    Than;s alot tdol

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