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    Lightbulb Do you mind if...

    When you ask,'Do you mind if...i sit here?'
    The answer is 'No."
    Which means yes you can sit here.
    But if the answer is 'Yes.'
    Then that means you can't sit there.
    So yes is no and no is yes.
    Why is this,please?

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    Re: Do you mind if...

    "No" = "No, I do not mind; I have no objection"
    "Yes" = "Yes, I mind; I have an objection"

    In practice, must of us would use tone, gesture, or additional words to make our meaning clear:

    "No, go ahead."
    "(Yes.) Sorry, it's taken."

    "Yes", especially without explanation, sounds very abrupt.

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    Re: Do you mind if...

    It would not be strange to have someone give either a positive or negative response to this question and have the same meaning. You do need to read the body language and tone.

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