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# Since you’re going into town anyway, [u]would you mind to mail[/u]

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Location: India
Concentration: Technology, Strategy
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06 Jul 2017, 05:12
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5% (low)

Question Stats:

89% (00:32) correct 11% (00:27) wrong based on 51 sessions

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Since you’re going into town anyway, would you mind to mail this letter for me?

a) would you mind to mail
b) could you mind mailing
c) wouldn’t you mind mailing
d) would you mind mailing
e) could you be mailing

Source : GMAT Club Grammar Book
Magoosh GMAT Instructor
Joined: 28 Dec 2011
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06 Jul 2017, 09:28
sashiim20 wrote:
Since you’re going into town anyway, would you mind to mail this letter for me?

a) would you mind to mail
b) could you mind mailing
c) wouldn’t you mind mailing
d) would you mind mailing
e) could you be mailing

Source : GMAT Club Grammar Book

Dear sashiim20,

My friend, I am sorry to tell you that this is an atrocious SC practice question. This is not what the GMAT would ask. The tone is casual and conversational, and even the grammatical structure tested rarely arises outside of casual conversation. As I am sure you understand, the GMAT SC is exclusively restricted to profession and academic topics, with a tone appropriate to that context.

Here, the verb "to mind" is a colloquial verb meaning "to be bothered by, to find X annoying." I don't know that I have ever seen this verb used in a formal academic context. Idiomatically, this verb is followed by a gerund. Again, I think the only time this appears is in a colloquial context.

Choice (A) makes an idiom mistake. In fact, all of the choices sound awkward to native ears except (D). There is absolutely NOTHING in this question that a non-native speaker needs to learn for the GMAT SC. It's true, learning these colloquial expressions might help later in B-school or in one's professional life, but for the GMAT, this question is strictly irrelevant.

Here's a high quality SC question:
The Atlantic Ocean

Does all this make sense?
Mike
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Mike McGarry
Magoosh Test Prep

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