Student or Learner
When answering the question : "Do you like doing the dishes ?" what's a correct answer ?
a) "No, I don't mind (it)."
b) "Yes, I do mind (it)."
c) "I don't mind (it)."
The other problem is that you change from "like" to "mind."
Do you like doing the dishes?
Like it? Well, not not really, but I don't mind doing them.
That means I wouldn't choose it as a fun way to spend my free time, but I don't resent the time I have to spend doing it.
Like it? No, not at all! I can't stand doing them.
That means that no only would I not choose to do them, but I would prefer anyone else do them instead of me.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
So both "I don't mind" and "I don't mind it" are okay ?
Yes. If you want to express your disapproval empathetically in no uncertain terms ( no, no, not at all I can't stand washing dishes) then, say: Yes, I do mind it.
Otherwise, if you want to express your reservations about washing dishes but since no one else is present, then say: I don't mind it.
Last edited by sarat_106; 26-Jan-2010 at 01:39.