know how to request something with Would you mind ?
you mind lend me some money?
Would you mind lending me some money?
one should I use?
are many different ways of making polite requests in English.
Would you ? / Could you ? / Would you like to ?
If you are asking other people to do things, you would normally
use Would you or Could you + infinitive. Would you like
to ? is also a very polite way of suggesting or requesting
something, politer than Do you want to ? Compare the
Would you please bring your library books back today
as they are needed by another borrower?
Could you join us on Saturday? Tom's back from Sydney
and we're having a barbecue.
Would you like to join us on Saturday? We're having
a barbecue in the back garden.
Would you care to join us on Saturday? We're celebrating
Tom's return from Sydney.
Do you want to join us on Saturday? We're having
a bash in the garden.
Would you like ? + infinitive /
Would you mind ?
If you want to sound particularly polite, or if you think the answer
may be negative, you can also use Would you mind + verb-ing as
the preferred alternative to Could you ? Would you mind ?
literally means: Would you object to ?
Would you mind locking the door when you leave? ~
No, not at all!
Could you please lock the door when you leave?
~ Yes, certainly!
If you're not busy at the moment, would you mind helping
me with my homework?
If you're not busy at the moment, could you give me a
hand with my homework?
I / could I / may I / might I
If you are requesting something for yourself, all of these forms
are possible. May and might are considered to be more
polite, more formal or more tentative than can and could, but can
and could are usually preferred in normal usage. Compare
Can I ask a favour of you? ~ Of course you
Could I ask you to collect Deborah from school tomorrow
~ Of course you can.
Could I possibly have another cup of coffee? ~ I don't
think you should. You won't sleep tonight if you do.
If you've finished with the computer, may I turn it off?
~ Yes, please do.
Might I leave work a bit earlier today? I've got a
doctor's appointment at 5.
Might is more frequently used in indirect questions, as
an indirect question softens the request. Note the further polite
alternatives that we can use:
I wonder if I might leave work a bit earlier
today? I've got a doctor's appointment.
Would I be able to leave work a bit earlier
today? I've got a dentist appointment at 6.
Would it be OK if I left work a bit earlier
today? I've got to take our cat to the vet.
you / Do you mind if I ?
Similarly, if we use Do / Would you mind if I ? to
make a request, we may be anticipating possible objections:
Would you mind if I put off talking to Henry
until tomorrow? ~ I think that's a mistake. I think you should
speak to him today
Note the difference between: Would you mind ? and Would you
mind me/my ?:
Would you mind filling the ice trays and putting
them in the freezer? (= you do it)
Would you mind me/my filling the ice trays and putting
them in the freezer? (= I'll do it)
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