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Thursday the 30th of September, 2004
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TO BOTHER

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Good morning. Today we are going to look at one meaning of the verb to bother. Meaning: it's used to indicate that something makes you feel worried or upset (irritated or angry). The subject of the sentence is the person or thing that bothers and the object of the sentence is the person that is bothered. Example 1 John's comments about the political situation really bothered me. I don't feel he was very respectful of my opinions. Example 2 The high temperatures in summer don't bother Catherine. However, the humidity bothers her a lot. You may remember that this meaning is similar to the meaning of mind. However, with mind Catherine is the subject and with bother Catherine is the object. Example 3 Catherine doesn't mind the high temperatures in summer, however the humidity bothers her a lot. Bother has other meanings, of course, which I encourage you to look up in your Dictionary. If you have any questions about today's Daily Vitamin please feel free to contact me. Have a great day!

Wednesday the 29th of September, 2004
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TO MIND-4

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Good morning. Today we complete our look at the word mind with some common expressions that use it. Today's 1st Expression with mind is: NEVER MIND! Meaning-Use 1: you say this when you don't want to repeat something that you have just said, or if you want someone to ignore it because it's not important. Example 1 Speaker 1: Have you seen my glasses? Speaker 2: Sorry? Speaker 1: Oh, never mind! I've found them! Meaning-Use 2: you say this to make someone feel better when something unpleasant has happened. Example 2 Speaker 1: I can't believe I failed the driving test! Speaker 2: Never mind! It's so difficult that not many people pass the first time around. I'm sure you'll do better next time. Today's 2nd Expression with mind is: MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS! Meaning-Use: a rude way to tell someone not to ask questions about your personal affairs. Example 3 Speaker 1: What was Jamie saying to you just now? Speaker 2: Mind your own business! It's between him and me. Today's 3rd Expression with mind is: DO YOU MIND? or WOULD YOU MIND? Meaning-Use: to ask politely for something. Example 4 Do you mind -- Would you mind opening the door for me? My hands are full. You can, of course, find more uses of mind in your dictionary. Remember, if you have any questions about today's Daily Vitamin please contact me. Have a great day!

Tuesday the 28th of September, 2004
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TO MIND-3

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Good morning. Today we continue with meanings and uses of the verb to mind. Today's meaning of mind as a verb is: to take care of or look after somebody or something for a short time. This meaning is more common in UK English than in US English. Example 1 Daniella's mother usually minds the children for an hour after school. Example 2 Can you mind the phones while I go to the post office? (= Can you "look after" or answer the phones?) Example 3 The Bradbury family are looking for someone to mind their dog while they're away on holiday. Tomorrow will be the final day we look at the verb mind. Remember, if you have any questions about today's Daily Vitamin, I don't mind answering your questions, so please contact me. Enjoy the rest of your day!

Monday the 27th of September, 2004
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TO MIND-2

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Good morning. I hope all of you had an excellent weekend. For many of you (in Barcelona), it was a long weekend. Today we will continue looking at the verb to mind (if you don't mind). If you have ever travelled on a train or the underground in England, you have surely heard the expression MIND THE GAP. Today's meaning of mind as a verb is: to be careful of something. It is used to warn somebody of a possible danger or problem. This meaning is more common in UK English than US English, and it is usually used in the imperative form. Example 1 Mind (that) you don't step in the puddle (charco). (= Be careful you don't step in the puddle.) Example 2 Mind your head as you go through the doorway! It's quite low. Example 3 Mind you don't break any dishes while you are doing the washing up! They belonged to my grandmother and they are irreplaceable. I hope you don't mind if we continue this topic in tomorrow's Daily Vitamin! Remember, if you have any questions about today's Daily Vitamin, I don't mind answering your questions, so please contact me. Have a good day!

Thursday the 23rd of September, 2004
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TO MIND-1

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Good morning. For the next few days we are going to look at the verb to mind. It has several different meanings and is sometimes confused with the verbs to bother, or to care. (We'll look at the differences in upcoming Vitamins.) Mind can also be a noun and is used in many different expressions. You may remember one of those expressions: to make up your mind --> to make a definite decision (Daily Vitamin, November 4th, 2003). Today's meaning of mind as a verb is: to indicate that you don't feel annoyed, upset or bothered by something. When we use the verb to mind with this meaning, we usually use it in the negative or question form. To mind also means that if someone offers you a choice, you are happy with any of the options. Notice that after the verb mind we use a noun or a gerund. Example 1 I don't mind doing the shopping for you this afternoon if you're busy. (= It's not a problem for me.) Example 2 Catherine doesn't mind the high temperatures in summer, but she hates the humidity. (= The heat doesn't bother her, but the humidity does.) Example 3 Speaker A: Where shall we go out to eat? To an Italian restaurant or a Chinese one? Speaker B: I don't mind. (= I am happy with either option.) If you say that you wouldn't mind something, it means that you would like it. Example 4 I wouldn't mind going out for Chinese food tonight. (= I would like to go out for Chinese food.) Tomorrow (Friday the 24th of September) is a holiday in Barcelona, so there will be no Daily Vitamin. (I hope you don't mind.) However, on Monday we will look at some other meanings of the verb to mind. If you have any questions about today's Daily Vitamin, I don't mind answering your questions, so please contact me. Have a wonderful day and a great weekend!