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Making comments using the Present Perfect

Welcome to another episode of my series “A sneak peek into an online class”.

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In this podcast you will find segments of my online classes with real students, real questions and feedback provided in real time.

In this episode, we will learn how to use the Present Perfect to make comments about movies we’ve seen.

Class details: This is a A2 level class (upper basic level). My students’ mother tongue is Spanish, they’re both from Perú.

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Conversation strategies: Asking politely

Episode 8

Making requests

Sometimes you need to ask to do something or ask someone to do something. 

  • You can use Do you mind if + subject + verb . . . ? to ask permission to do something:

Do you mind if I look around? ( = Can I look around?)

  • You can use Would you mind + verb + -ing . . . ? to ask someone to do something:

Would you mind helping me in the kitchen? ( = Can you help me?)

You can use No to agree to requests with Do you mind if . . . ? and Would you mind + verb  + -ing . . . ?:

A: Do you mind if I open the window? 

B: No, go ahead.

A: Would you mind helping me with my project? 

B: No, not at all.

The tricky part is the answer. In both examples, No means “I don’t mind. It’s not a problem.”

Do you mind = would it be a problem?

What’s the difference between do you mind if I and would you mind?

  1. Do you mind means if… means _________ do something?
  2. Would you mind + ing means __________ do something?

Agreeing to requests

You can use Yes or No to agree to requests. Use Yes to agree to requests with Can and Could:

A: Can I look around? 

B: Yes. / Sure. / Go (right) ahead.

A: Could you chop the potatoes? 

B: Yes. / Sure. / Yeah, no problem. / OK.

On the other hand, if questions start with do you mind if I or would you mind say No.

A: Do you mind if I look around? 

B: No, go (right) ahead. / No, not at all.

A: Would you mind helping me in the kitchen? 

B: No, not at all. / Oh, no. No problem. I’m happy to help.

A case where you would yes as an answer:

A: It’s really cold and someone says Do you mind if I open the window?

B: Yes, I do mind. It’s really cold. (You are not giving permission)

B: No, not at all. (Go ahead open the window)

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