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25 / 06 / 2008

TO MIND-1 (REVISION): meaning and examples

Good morning. I hope you had a good long weekend (for those of you that had one).

For the next few days we are going to look at the verb to mind, which we originally covered in September of 2004. 

Mind can also be a noun and is used in many different expressions. For example, we covered to make up your mind (to make a definite decision) in the Daily Vitamin on November 4th, 2003.

Today's meaning of mind as a verb is: to indicate that you don't feel annoyed, upset or bothered by something.

When we use the verb to mind with this meaning, we usually use it in the negative or question form. To mind also means that if someone offers you a choice, you are happy with any of the options.

Notice that after the verb mind we use a noun or a gerund.

Example 1
I don't mind doing the shopping for you this afternoon if you're busy. (= It's not a problem for me.)

Example 2
Catherine doesn't mind the high temperatures in summer, but she hates the humidity. (= The heat doesn't bother her, but the humidity does.)

Example 3
Speaker A: Where shall we go out to eat? To an Italian restaurant or a Chinese one?
Speaker B: I don't mind. (= I am happy with either option.)

If you say that you wouldn't mind something, it means that you would like it.

Example 4
I wouldn't mind going out for Chinese food tonight. (= I would like to go out for Chinese food.)

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Have a wonderful day.