Wednesday, 14 September 2011

I Don't Mind If It Is Cold, What About You?

SCENARIO
Imagine you are talking about the weather with a relative, a friend or a colleague.  Perhaps the weather has suddenly turn colder. The other person wants to say that he/ she does not mind the cold weather and ask you if you don't mind the cold weather either.

He/ she could choose to be a little bit formal and ask you:
A mi no me importa que haga frío ¿y a usted?

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be a little bit less formal and say:
A mi no me importa que haga frío ¿y a ti?

 


OUR TIP
You DO NOT need be concerned about the degree of formality in the question you are asked. Whether the other person uses the more/ less formal question is irrelevant to your choice of answer. Your answer depends only on whether you want to say that you:
  • Don't mind the cold weather either (i.e. you agree with him/ her)
  • Do mind about the cold weather (i.e. disagree with him/ her)

Here are a couple of examples which deal with those two basic possibilities:
  • A mi tampoco me importa que haga frío (don't mind if it is cold either)*
  • A mi sí que me importa que haga frío (I do mind if it is cold)

Now you should practice answering the question:
A mi no me importa que haga frío ¿y a ti?

*Please see grammar below


Grammar-Subjunctive

 Please note that expressions such as: "I don't mind if...", when translated as "A mi no me importa que..." are a classic example of subjunctive. Some examples of this type of expression are:
  • A mi no me importa que llueva;
  • A ti no te importa que llueva;
  • A él no le importa que llueva;
  • A ella no le importa que llueva;
  • A nosotros no nos importa que llueva;
  • A vosotros no os importa que llueva;
  • A ellos no les importa que llueva;
  • A ellas no les importa que llueva;

Now you should practice the use of expressions of this type with some sentences of your own.



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