Expression : Why don't you~?, Do you mind~?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by lunatictiger, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. lunatictiger New Member

    Expression : Why don't you~?, Do you mind~?

    Are these upper expression not impolite expression?

    or just okay or polite expression?

    I want to know about these expression's nuance.

    Thank you in advance.
  2. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    American English
    Welcome to the forum. :)

    Before we can answer your question, we need some context. What is the situation you are using these in? Who are you saying them to?
  3. lunatictiger New Member


    for every situation..

    include case that younger man say to older man

    ex) Do you mind close the window?
    or Why don't you go to the movies?
  4. Gwan Senior Member

    Indre et Loire, France
    New Zealand, English
    Well, these are different situations.

    If you say "Do/Would you mind closing the windows?" it's just a polite way of saying "I would like you to close the window. Please do so". It is a request.

    "Why don't you go to the movies?" is a suggestion, not a request. You might say this to someone if they said "I'm bored" (etc.) It's not something you're asking them to do for you - you probably don't really care whether they go to the movies or not.
  5. LilianaB Banned

    US New York
    Why don't you close the window, though, might sound rude.
  6. rhitagawr

    rhitagawr Senior Member

    British English
    It would depend on your tone of voice. As Gwan says, it is probably a suggestion. 'It's cold in here.' 'Then why don't you close the window?'

    If I feel cold, I may say to the other person in the room 'Why don't you close the window?' I suppose I could say this in an impatient and impolite tone of voice and imply something like 'Are you too stupid to see that we're freezing to death?'

    I'd suggest that 'why don't you...?' isn't the normal way of making a request.

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