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do you mind? (2)

This page is about the conversational phrase do you mind? (2)

Meaning

If someone says this an unfriendly way, they must think you've been rude or inconsiderate.

For example

  • My brother came in and changed the channel. "Do you mind?" I said, "I was watching that!"

  • When I lit a cigarette, a woman at the next table said, "Do you mind? We're eating."

Note:

1. Usually said with a loud or firm voice to express annoyance or anger.
2. WARNING! When used in this way, this expression can sound aggressive and could lead to a dispute, or even violence.

Quick Quiz

If someone says "Do you mind?" in a firm or serious voice, you've probably

a. pleased them

b. upset them

c. minded them

Contributor: Matt Errey