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Just curious, does Would you mind and do something instead of Would you mind doing something sound acceptable in spoken AmEng, or is it an attempt to imitate or render colloquial speech in not so formal writing?

Would you mind and provide the phone number connected on the account? source

Would you mind and tell us what you've tried. source

Would you mind and not steal my Sig. source

Would you mind and not repeat that to anyone.

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Do you have any evidence that Americans actually say this? Googling yields only found a very few examples of this construction. Americans do say "Can you try and ...", and "Would you go and …", but this type of construction doesn't extend to most verbs, including "Would you mind and …" – Peter Shor Feb 9 '14 at 12:20
As a nonnative speaker, "Would you mind and do" sounds to me like a corruption of "Would you mind doing" and "Would you do" and gives a note of informality to these grammatical constructions that might sound somewhat stilted in colloquial contexts such as a discussion among teenagers. Anyone to agree on that? – Elian Feb 9 '14 at 12:30
To me, it doesn't sound terrible, but it doesn't sound like anything an American English speaker is likely to say, either. – Peter Shor Feb 9 '14 at 12:37
@Nourished: The second source you give is part of the statement “Dear sir, would you mind and tell me why you have bought this item from our store and not from someone else? What would be the value you have got here that have prevailed over other similar store like ours?”. The phrase "over other similar store like ours" does not appear to have been written by a native English speaker. – Peter Shor Feb 9 '14 at 14:32
@Nourished: isn't that another meaning of mind? mind: to attend to closely. I don't think there's any real reason that Americans don't say "would you mind and …"; it's not any less grammatical than "would you try and …". But judging from how hard a time you are having finding examples, we don't say it very often. – Peter Shor Feb 9 '14 at 16:24

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1.) "Would you mind and do something?"

2.) "Would you mind and provide the phone number connected on the account?"

3.) "Would you mind and tell us what you've tried."

According to my ear, there's nothing wrong with those types of expressions. (I'm an AmE speaker, and I've traveled to or lived in most corners of the USA.)

Actually, in my personal opinion, I'd consider those versions to be more polite than these alternatives:

  • "Would you mind doing something?"

  • "Would you mind providing the phone number connected on the account?"

  • "Would you mind telling us what you've tried."

as those last three versions have the speaker sorta already assuming that the other person won't mind hearing a request from him, and the speaker is rushing a request at the other person. (Though others might disagree.)

As for the OP's #1, #2 and #3 examples, I've heard these kinds of phrases spoken often by AmE speakers, and I'm pretty sure I've used them myself. E.g. "Would you mind and do something for me?"

I'd consider these kinds of expressions to be at least of an informal style of standard English. The coordinator "and" has many uses, e.g. "Be sure and lock up", "We always try and do our best". (There might be some related info in the 2002 reference grammar CGEL.)

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I find this difficult to believe. I'm an AE speaker and I've never heard or used that construction! Would you mind is a replacement for please. You wouldn't say "please and do this." – David M Feb 26 '14 at 2:14
@DavidM I'm an AmE speaker, and I've heard and used it. – F.E. Feb 26 '14 at 4:26
I don't think you could call it standard usage by any stretch, though. There are 3 AmE speakers on this question who've never heard it. – David M Feb 26 '14 at 4:27
This is non-standard American English, contrary to F.E.'s claim. To my ear, and probably the majority of speakers of SAE, this sounds ungrammatical and incorrect. – MunchyWilly Feb 26 '14 at 7:18
@F.E. I am satisfied with other answers already provided. The OED provides no intransitive use of mind similar to what you're positing that is not labeled regional or colloquial. Just because 'and' can replace 'to' in some constructions, doesn't mean that it's acceptable in all - "...mind and..." being one of them. People do say this, but it's not standard, and still sounds as such to most speakers. I downvoted because I think your answer is faulty in claiming the acceptableness and the increased politeness of such constructions. It's nothing personal. – MunchyWilly Feb 26 '14 at 7:38

AmE here.

"Would you mind and do something" is unacceptable in any region of the US in which I have ever lived (Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, South, Mid-west and Northwest.) It is not idiomatic, and at best is a terrible example of attempt at simulating non-native speech.

Googling "would you mind and do" turns up no examples of this phrasing except your own question. The most common hit is for two polite phrases

"Would you mind" and "do you mind"...

We do have bizarre idiomatic speech pockets (as with PA Dutch), but none quite that bizarre.

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I agree. Would you mind is equivalent to please. You'd never say "Please and do this."! – David M Feb 26 '14 at 2:16

I think that's either a transcription error or extremely non-standard.

= Would you mind providing the phone number connected with the account

mind and provide don't functional as separate verbs here. The main verb is mind and providing the phone number is the clause that is being asked about.

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This is very like "Try and see if you can do it"; I've been told that this phrase is not strictly wrong but is considered a "juvenile construction."

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