by • August 30, 2012

Another one that is often confusing is: “Do you mind?”

If a teenager asks his mother, “do you mind if I borrow the car for the weekend?” and the mother replies, “Yes,” it can be misunderstood as “Yes, you can go” rather than “Yes, I do mind; you cannot go.” If she says “No,” it is often interpreted as “No, I do not mind” rather than “No, you cannot go.”

The teenager, then, hears what he wants to hear.

Can you think of any other examples?  

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