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    #1

    situational answers

    From another test of mine:
    "Would you mind giving a hand with this?"

    A No, not at all
    B Yes, I'll do it now
    C Well, I'd love to

    The answer is A but I don't think that's how people usually respond in that situation. Why isn't B nor C correct?
    Last edited by vkhu; 20-May-2012 at 08:50.

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    Re: situational answers

    Quote Originally Posted by vkhu View Post
    "Would you mind giving a hand with this?"

    A No, not at all.....B Yes, I'll do it now.....C Well, I'd love to

    The answer is A but I don't think that's how people usually respond in that situation. Why isn't B nor C correct?
    A is the response I would give.

    You will certainly hear B and, without the 'well', C

    We do ask people to post different questions in separate threads. Confusion can result when people post responses to different questions in the same thread.
    Last edited by 5jj; 20-May-2012 at 12:22. Reason: formatting

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    Re: situational answers

    B is OK, but people are more likely to use it when they do someone a favour and do the task without assistance from the person making the request IMO.

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    Re: situational answers

    Quote Originally Posted by vkhu View Post
    From another test of mine:
    "Would you mind giving a hand with this?"

    A No, not at all
    B Yes, I'll do it now
    C Well, I'd love to

    The answer is A but I don't think that's how people usually respond in that situation. Why isn't B nor C correct?
    The reason that A is correct (in my opinion) is that you are looking for the answer to the question: "Would you mind ...?" If you are happy to help then your answer would be "No, I wouldn't mind ..." The only answer that includes that is A "No, I don't/wouldn't mind at all".

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    Re: situational answers

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The reason that A is correct (in my opinion) is that you are looking for the answer to the question: "Would you mind ...?" If you are happy to help then your answer would be "No, I wouldn't mind ..." The only answer that includes that is A "No, I don't/wouldn't mind at all".
    That's what we teach, and that's how I would respond. However, many native speakers seem to respond to the request, ('please help') rather than the words.
    Last edited by 5jj; 20-May-2012 at 12:31. Reason: typo

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    Re: situational answers

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    That's what we teach, and that's how I would respond. However, many native speakers seem to respond to the rquest, ('please help') rather than the words.
    Yes, I agree entirely. I'm quite certain that in normal conversational English you will hear:

    Would you mind giving me a hand with this?
    No, not at all.
    Yes, of course.
    Sure.
    Why not?
    Hmm, OK.
    No, I guess I have time.
    Yes, I guess I have time.
    OK.
    Help you with what?
    I can't, sorry. I'm busy.

    ... and lots of other alternatives!

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    Re: situational answers

    These are very tricky questions to write for tests- it's easy to hear the right answer in your head and think the others are wrong.

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