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    what is the meaning of "mind you"?

    Hi
    I can't really take in what "mind you" means exactly. I have looked it up in a dictionary and I found "It's used when you want to make what you have just said sound less strong";these are the examples that I found also: "he's very untidy about the house; mind you, I'm not much better" or "I know I'm lazy- I did go swimming yesterday,mind".
    If I want to use one alternative instead, what should I use? Can I use "however"?
    Thanks a million.
    Being a non-native teacher, I'm so thrilled being in such a superb forum.

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    Re: what is the meaning of "mind you"?

    *** NOT A TEACHER ***


    It means something like, "take into consideration", "I have to say", "I have to admit", etc. Sometimes I see it used for "be advised";
    mind you, I am not an English teacher.
    Dear native English speakers of this forum,
    Please, always point out my grammatical mistakes, assuming you have "the time and the inclination". That is really the most effective way for me to improve. Thank you very much.

    Please note that I am NOT an English teacher.

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    Re: what is the meaning of "mind you"?

    Quote Originally Posted by moonlike View Post
    Hi
    I can't really take in what "mind you" means exactly.

    NOT A TEACHER


    Hello, moonlike:

    May I add my comments to Mav's excellent answer?

    Mona is speaking with her neighbors:

    "Have you heard the latest news? I hear that some people with purple hair have just bought a house in our

    neighborhood. I have nothing against people with purple hair, mind you. But I hear that when they move in, the

    property values drop very fast."

    I think it means something like: People with purple hair are moving into our neighborhood. Of course I am not a

    prejudiced person (of course, not!), but other people say that ....

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    Re: what is the meaning of "mind you"?

    If you look at the definitions here, and read verb (intransitive) definition 1, I think that fits how it's used. The word order is what is most unusual about it. What you are actually saying is "Please mind (take notice) of what I am saying". There are some dialects in the UK who don't bother with the word "you".

    I don't like pork pies, mind, but I bought one for my friend anyway.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: what is the meaning of "mind you"?

    Hello, moonlike.
    For your reference:
    mind - Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online
    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
    mind - Definition and pronunciation | Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary at OxfordLearnersDictionaries.com

    The expression seems to be used a bit differently from "however".
    (I understand what you mean, though.)

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    Re: what is the meaning of "mind you"?

    Thank you all indeed. Could you kindly tell me if we can use "F.Y.I" or "for the record" instead of "mind you"?
    Being a non-native teacher, I'm so thrilled being in such a superb forum.

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    Re: what is the meaning of "mind you"?

    Quote Originally Posted by moonlike View Post
    Thank you all indeed. Could you kindly tell me if we can use "F.Y.I" or "for the record" instead of "mind you"?
    No, don't do that. Although the meaning is pretty much the same "mind (you)" 'feels' different.

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