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    Correct answer to the questions like "would/do you mind my doing smith?"

    Hello,

    I was explaining to my students the model "Do you mind my opening the window?" And the answers "No, I don't" or "no, certainly/of course not" (if I don't mind).

    I have a new student who has just come from the UK ( although he is not a native English speaker). He told me that it is also possible to answer "Do, please". He said he had heard that a couple of times.

    Would you you please advise if this answer is acceptable?

    Thank you!

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    Re: Correct answer to the questions like "would/do you mind my doing smith?"

    Welcome to the forum, Juliatu.

    'Please do' is possible, but not common. Incidentally, 'Do you mind if I open the window?' is more common/natural than 'Do you mind my opening the window?'

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    Re: Correct answer to the questions like "would/do you mind my doing smith?"

    Feel free/Go ahead, etc could also be used.

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    Re: Correct answer to the questions like "would/do you mind my doing smith?"

    Quote Originally Posted by Juliatu View Post
    I have a new student who has just come from the UK ( although he is not a native English speaker). He told me that it is also possible to answer "Do, please". He said he had heard that a couple of times.
    I'd be wary of relying too much on a non-native speaker who has heard something a few times. We get posters here all the time asking about things they've heard somewhere. Sometimes they make sense.
    (This is not to denigrate your new student).

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