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    Smile Do/Would you mind if

    Please, dear teachers and friends...

    Could you shed some light on this?

    If someone says:

    Do you mind if I sit here?

    Is it the same as "Does it bother you if I sit here?" or "Is it OK if I sit here?"

    Yes, you may sit here.
    No, you are not allowed to sit here.


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    Re: Do/Would you mind if

    They all have the same meaning, they just have different levels of formality.

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    Re: Do/Would you mind if

    Also

    Do you mind me sitting here?

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    Re: Do/Would you mind if

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    Also

    Do you mind me sitting here?
    That is also acceptable but 'do you mind if I sit here' sounds more polite.

    not a teacher

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    Re: Do/Would you mind if

    I often say "Do you mind me smoking here", and I feel this structure is quite common amongst native speakers (the few I know ).

    Doesn't it depend on the undertone of the speaker's voice?

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    Smile Re: Do/Would you mind if

    Thanks dear fellas, However my question was not about that, I certainly did not do it right, let me rephrase the question, which should have been:

    What's the proper answer to the following question , A) or B)?

    Do you mind me sitting here?

    A) No, I don't. (I do not mind = you may sit)
    B) Yes, I do. ( I do mind = it bothers me, which means you may not sit)


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    Anyone?

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    Re: Do/Would you mind if

    Both are ok, marciobarbalho.

    Compare:

    Do you believe in God? - Yes, I do / No, I don't

    Do you like swimming? - Yes, I do / No, I don't

    The same with "Do you mind me ..." - Yes, I do / No, I don't

    Also "No, it's okay / not at all" said with a friendly voice.


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    Re: Do/Would you mind if

    An alternative way of asking : Is this seat free? : Yes, it is/No, it's taken

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    Re: Do/Would you mind if

    Hmm... question still not answered (at least to me... I have not slept much recently, forgive me for that).

    dictionaries defines "to mind" as a verb that may have the following meanings:

    a. To care about; be concerned about.
    b. To object to; dislike: doesn't mind doing the chores.

    so, my question is... when somebody asks:

    Do you mind if I sit here?

    Someone else shall answer:

    No, I don't (meaning ...?)
    Yes, I do(???)

    I have heard people say YES to such question meaning the sit is free, but I think the answer should be NO meaning the person doesn't care or it does not bother him/her, have your sit.

    Thank you

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