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Which of the following sentences are correct?

  1. Do you mind COMING to the shops with me?
  2. Do you mind GOING to the shops with me?

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They're both correct, and the difference between the two is subtle.

To my mind, as a native speaker of British English, if I ask

Do you mind coming to the shops with me?

...it would imply that I will go to the shops, regardless of whether you accompany me or not. In a sense, I would be 'leading' our expedition, and we would be visiting these emporia chiefly for my own purposes. However, asking

Do you mind going to the shops with me?

...connotes that my travelling to the shops is contingent on your coming with me, or at the very least, I have yet to make up mind.

As I said, though, this really is a point of nuance in meaning, and as such it is likely to differ between regions, dialects and quite probably individuals.

  • Wow! The difference, as you mentioned, seems very subtle but deeply interesting to me. Thanks. – Mohammad Nazar May 8 '14 at 14:18
  • Haha, thank you @Frank, I'll keep on fighting the good fight ;) – 568ml May 8 '14 at 14:52
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Either would be fine, but to my ears the difference would be in tense.

Do you mind coming to the shops with me?

I would take this to mean now, or imminently.

Do you mind going to the shops with me?

I would take to mean, tomorrow, next week, next month, etc.

However, for each you’d have to take it in the context of the overall conversation.

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    Use the '>' character at the start of a line for blockquotes instead of the backticks used for 'code'. – mjsqu May 8 '14 at 14:10

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