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I read somewhere that if I want to ask or request something (very politely), I should use "Mind + Action ing...?"

  • Like If I want to ask pen to any one.
    => Mind giving me a pen?
  • If I talk to some one to please go market very politely
    => Mind going to market?

So is this a correct way to ask someone to do something very politely/respectfully?

Please clarify when I can use this. I am confused.

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  • The phrase is a shortening of "Do you mind..." It is polite, but informal.
    – Rob_Ster
    Dec 12, 2017 at 12:46
  • Mind giving me a pen? Dec 12, 2017 at 12:59
  • Don't know exactly but might be in British english we can directly speak "Mind giving a pen?"
    – iPatel
    Dec 12, 2017 at 13:07
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    Would you mind ... would be more polite, but it also depends on your tone of voice, etc.
    – Lawrence
    Dec 12, 2017 at 13:07

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Your examples are a shortened and less formal and thus not polite. They are NOT rude, but they are simply another way of asking for something.

The full polite/respectful version is

"Would + subject + mind [verb]ing"

e.g Would you mind lending me a pen? e.g Would you mind going to the market?

Th

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  • Thanks for more clear. Instead of use Mind giving .... we should use would you giving.... ? that means Mind giving... is wrong to speak? Right ?
    – iPatel
    Dec 12, 2017 at 13:05
  • @iPatel "Would you mind lending me your pen?" But "Would you mind if I open the window"
    – Mari-Lou A
    Dec 12, 2017 at 13:26
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    Not 'would you giving' but 'would you mind giving...' . Leaving out the 'Would you' (or 'Do you') makes the request much less respectful. Dec 12, 2017 at 14:06

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