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    #1

    A: Do you mind if I.... B: Yeah.(=No, not at all.)

    Dear all,

    I understand when you ask for a permission by saying "Do you mind if I ...", a typical reply to mean "No problem" or "Go ahead" is "No, not at all".

    Q: Do you mind if I smoke?
    A: No, not at all.

    However, in the dialogue below, which is from a TV drama titled "Elementary", Yeah is used to mean "No, not at all".

    (Watson is asking a woman whose husband died a suspicious death.)

    Watson: Are those your husband's things?

    Woman: Uh, yeah. Wallace was kind of a packrat.

    Watson: Do you mind if we take a look?

    Woman: Yeah.

    It seems to me both YES and NO mean the same thing.

    Isn't it confusing?

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    #2

    Re: A: Do you mind if I.... B: Yeah.(=No, not at all.)

    It is not confusing if 'Yes' is said in the right tone of voice. I don't recommend that learners try it.

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    Re: A: Do you mind if I.... B: Yeah.(=No, not at all.)

    For starters, we ask for permission. (Not "a permission".)

    Second, say:

    Watson is talking to a woman whose husband died a mysterious death.

    Third, we do not space between lines of dialogue.

    Finally, context should, 99% of the time, tell you all you need to know.

    No, it's not confusing. (I would fire that writer.)

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    Re: A: Do you mind if I.... B: Yeah.(=No, not at all.)

    Hi.
    Let me ask in a different way. In textbooks, it is wrong to say "Yes" as a reply to "Do you mind if...?" type-questions if you don't mind. In reality, however, it seems to be okay to say "Yeah". Is this common? Or even native speakers of English prefer "No, not at all" or "No problem" rather than "yes" or "yeah"?

    Thank you

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    Re: A: Do you mind if I.... B: Yeah.(=No, not at all.)

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    In reality, however, it seems to be okay to say "Yeah". Is this common?
    I'd say it wasn't uncommon.
    Last edited by Piscean; 01-Feb-2017 at 14:57.

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    #6

    Re: A: Do you mind if I.... B: Yeah.(=No, not at all.)

    Say:

    Let me ask it in a different way.

    (Why? Do you think I am not working hard enough?)

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    I would prefer that you ask shorter questions and leave out what it says in textbooks.

    Sam: Do you mind if I smoke?
    Ron: No, I don't mind.

    ------- ---------- ------------ -----------

    Sam: Do you mind if I smoke?
    Ron: Yes, I do mind.


    - - ---- - - ----

    I gave you two alternatives. Choose between them.
    Last edited by teechar; 02-Feb-2017 at 16:48.

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    #7

    Re: A: Do you mind if I.... B: Yeah.(=No, not at all.)

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    In reality, however, it seems to be okay to say "Yeah". Is this common? Or even native speakers of English prefer "No, not at all" or "No problem" rather than "yes" or "yeah"?
    Native speakers sometimes get confused about how to respond to "Do you mind" questions. When that occurs, a short conversation generally follows as the interlocutors sort it out.

    You should answer Yes only if you do mind. Answer No if you don't care. Add a phrase to make your answer clear: Yes, please don't smoke here. No, it's okay.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: A: Do you mind if I.... B: Yeah.(=No, not at all.)

    If this was a TV drama, there would have been movement, gesture, facial expression. These would have carried more weight than a "yeah". The person who said 'yeah' might have been concentrating on something else, and was responding to the non-verbal parts of the request - say, moving toward the items, and looking at the person with raised eyebrows.

    If it had occurred in a book, with no other description, it might be worthy of wondering about.

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    #9

    Re: A: Do you mind if I.... B: Yeah.(=No, not at all.)

    PS: I just came across a good example.
    The dialogue goes like this:

    Trump: "Do you mind?"
    Reporter: "Yes, sir" (Meaning no)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5FRUM-AK9k
    at ~ 43:00 mins

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