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

1. ## 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:
1-2 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.

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

(Not a Teacher)

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.

3. ## 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.

4. ## 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.

not a teacher

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

It helped me mostly, not perfectly.

However, Thanks.

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

(Not a Teacher)

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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