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    Question Is this structure true for answers of "Would you mind..."?

    Hello.

    I am developing an educational material. The book that I have to develop an educational material for, is somewhat old-fashioned and there are some errors in it. I want to know are these two structures correct or not:

    First:
    A: Would you mind opening the window?
    B-1: All right.
    B-2 (another possibility): Of course not.
    B-3 (another possibility): Not at all

    Second:
    A: Would you mind not opening the window?
    B-1: Oh, all right.
    B-2 (another possibility): Oh, sure.

    I know B-2 and B-3 in the first are correct.
    I want to make certain that others are correct.
    In addition, I am certain about accuracy of the structure of the question in both models.

    What I exactly want to know:
    1-1 Are other answers correct?
    1-2 Why yes?
    1-3 Why no?
    1-4 What should I do to solve Probable problems?
    1-5 (Please mention whether is it vague or old-fashioned and answer without regional varieties).

    2-1 Do you see any AmE or BrE feature in them?
    2-2 What are they and what are AmE/BrE equivalents to them?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Is this structure true for answers of "Would you mind..."?

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    The questions and responses sound all right. However, I want to note B-1 for the second question can come across as indignant without the right intonation. Also, all of your responses work with either question because both are phrased the same way.

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    Re: Is this structure true for answers of "Would you mind..."?

    OK.

    B-1 for the second question can come across as indignant without the right intonation.
    1- What do you mean by "
    without the right intonation"?
    2- Possible expression and not definitely, right?

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    3- Does
    "
    All right.", "Oh, all right." and "Oh, sure."
    mean agreement (Doing what the A wants) or disagreement
    (Not doing what the A wants)with the request?
    How? (Please give a reference like a dictionary, Wikipedia article, etc).

    Thanks.
    Last edited by royal999; 03-Mar-2012 at 04:58. Reason: Style fixed and information added.

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    Re: Is this structure true for answers of "Would you mind..."?

    1- What do you mean by "
    without the right intonation"?

    Of the examples you suggest, "Oh, all right" in particular could be said in a slightly exasperated tone that indicates: "Maybe I don't want to go along with your request but I'll do it anyway".
    But, in reference to (3), each of those replies could be entirely positive in tone.

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    Re: Is this structure true for answers of "Would you mind..."?

    It helped me mostly, not perfectly.

    However, Thanks.

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    Re: Is this structure true for answers of "Would you mind..."?

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    Basically, you need a brief pause between 'oh' and 'all right'. Otherwise, if you run the whole phrase together, as JMurray said, it sounds exasperated.

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