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27 / 09 / 2004

TO MIND-2: meaning and examples

Good morning. I hope all of you had an excellent weekend. For many of you (in Barcelona), it was a long weekend. Today we will continue looking at the verb to mind (if you don't mind). If you have ever travelled on a train or the underground in England, you have surely heard the expression MIND THE GAP. Today's meaning of mind as a verb is: to be careful of something. It is used to warn somebody of a possible danger or problem. This meaning is more common in UK English than US English, and it is usually used in the imperative form. Example 1 Mind (that) you don't step in the puddle (charco). (= Be careful you don't step in the puddle.) Example 2 Mind your head as you go through the doorway! It's quite low. Example 3 Mind you don't break any dishes while you are doing the washing up! They belonged to my grandmother and they are irreplaceable. I hope you don't mind if we continue this topic in tomorrow's Daily Vitamin! Remember, if you have any questions about today's Daily Vitamin, I don't mind answering your questions, so please contact me. Have a good day!

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