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Do You Mind If I Smoke?: The Memoirs of Fenella Fielding

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Any who, I need some legal advice so that’s why I am sitting across from you in this uncomfortable office chair on a miserably hot August afternoon. So if you want to make a question out of a conditional construction, you use subject auxiliary inversion of the matrix clause: Would you mind if I smoked? You can hear Fenella's voice as you read this, probably because it was transcribed from conversations between the author and her. Actually, you could say that the [current] sentence is in the subjunctive tense, not commonly taught in English, unless you're learning a foreign language, like French, Italian, Spanish. Much of the meaning and colour of such questions depends on the tone of voice and the manner of the speaker.

Indeed, it seems the "if" in the original sentence does make a difference, because it adds a conditional aspect which, consciously or not, prompts use of a (virtual? g., people who smoke or who do not smoke) are included and excluded as part of local community life.I eventually figured that I wasn’t going to get anywhere trying to explain highfalutin rules of grammar to some half wit waitress at a café, so I scrammed. FENELLA FIELDING was born Fenella Feldman in 1927 in London to Russian and Romanian Jewish emigre parents.

I must admit that I'm finding it hard to make parallels between what you put here and the original question because you have "when" and the original has "if" and that makes a very big difference.I ought to add the caveat that, as in most of these phrases, what is appropriate in some circumstances is less so in others. Having been delighted by her work on stage and screen, radio and recordings for my whole life, I really enjoyed these reminiscences. The element of courtesy, gentleness, or other qualitative aspect of the question comes entirely in the way the question is asked and the extent to which the listener feels that their opinion is genuinely being sought.

This sets up a hypothetical situation ("I smoked") and then makes a statement about that depends upon it being true ("You would mind") even though it is not true (this is the counter-factual conditional form; about things that are not true, and what would be consequent upon it if it was true). I was driving by Jenny’s Café a few days later to admire my handy work, when I noticed that some asshole (probably Jenny herself) had crawled up there and erased my beautiful apostrophe — slapped some white paint right over it.It is a warm, witty, and sometimes shocking look back over Fenella's extraordinary life with a host of famous and often unexpected characters from Kenneth Williams and Tony Curtis to Francis Bacon, Muriel Spark, and Federico Fellini. By observing the design of public benches, the places where they are found, the meanings people attribute to them, and the way people use them, we can learn what health-related practices (e. As you say it seems to be a conditional, and I think in this case it does work as a conditional sentence. I explained to her the best I could why the apostrophe was needed between the Y and the S to show that she, the one and only Jenny, owned the café. This audiobook is the result of a long series of meetings with Simon McKay who asked many questions and received many answers.

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