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23 / 09 / 2004

TO MIND-1: meaning and examples

Good morning. For the next few days we are going to look at the verb to mind. It has several different meanings and is sometimes confused with the verbs to bother, or to care. (We'll look at the differences in upcoming Vitamins.) Mind can also be a noun and is used in many different expressions. You may remember one of those expressions: to make up your mind --> to make a definite decision (Daily Vitamin, 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.) Tomorrow (Friday the 24th of September) is a holiday in Barcelona, so there will be no Daily Vitamin. (I hope you don't mind.) However, on Monday we will look at some other meanings of the verb to mind. If you have any questions about today's Daily Vitamin, I don't mind answering your questions, so please contact me. Have a wonderful day and a great weekend!

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