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    'would you mind' vs 'would you'

    Situation 2) You rent a room in a large house. The landlord lives in house as well. You are responsible for mowing the lawn every week, a job that takes you about two hours to do. You want the landlord to mow the lawn for you this week because you are going out of town. You are in the living room when the landlord walks in.


    a) Excuse me; I have a favor to ask you. I have to go out of town this week, so would you please mow the lawn for me?
    b) Say, I’m going out of town this week, so I won’t be able to mow the lawn. Would you mind doing it while I’m away or should we just leave it until I get back?
    c) Excuse me, I’m going out of town next week, so would you mow the lawn for me then?
    d) Excuse me, I have to go out of the town next week. I would like to ask you to mow the lawn for me.


    Is there any difference in meaning between 'Would you please...?' and ' Would you mind.... ?' in the sentences mentioned above?


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    Re: 'would you mind' vs 'would you'

    "Would you mow the lawn for me?"
    "Would you mind mowing the lawn for me?"
    If you want to make a contrast between two forms, it's best to keep the rest the same, if possible.
    In this case they mean the same, though the second sounds more polite to me.

    If you're also asking about, "I'd like to ask you if you would mow the lawn for me" it's pretty much the same, but it's not a question, so technically it can't have the same meaning.

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