Lesson 24 verbs after “would you mind …?”

Choose the correct answers:

  1. Would you mind __________ (send, to send, sending) me the address for the party tomorrow?
  2. Would you mind __________ (not playing, don’t playing, not play) loud music at the party?
  3. Would you mind if my brother __________ (come, comes, came) with me to the party tomorrow?

Explain:

Question “Would you mind…?” means “Is it Ok to …?”, “Could you/I please…?”,  or “Will it cause you any inconvenience?” It has a present or future meaning, never past. The patterns are:

“Would you mind + verb-ing…?”  You want the listener to do something.

  • Sentence #1: You want the listener to send you the address.

“Would you mind + not + verb-ing …?” You want the listener not to do something.

  • Sentence #2: You want the listener not to play music so loud.

“Would you mind + if + subject + simple past verb…?”  You want to get permission to do something or for another person to do something. (Use simple past verb to mean present or future.)

  • Sentence #3: You are asking the listener to allow your younger brother to come to the party.

Notes: When the answer means “You can do it” or “I don’t mind at all”, you should say: No, not at all. / No, of course not. /I’d be happy to. / Go ahead / No problem. / Sure / Ok.

The opposite answers could be: Yes, I do mind. / Sorry, please don’t.

 

Review:

  1. Would you mind __________ (give, to give, giving) me a ride to the party tomorrow?
  2. Would you mind if I __________ (turn, turning, turned) on the car radio?
  3. Would you mind __________ (not using, don’t use, not use) your phone while driving?

 

 

Answers:

sending; not playing; came

giving; turned; not using

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