December 29

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Don’t mind vs. Doesn’t matter

 

Hi everyone, you’re listening to Cambridge Exam Coach, a podcast for people who want to improve their English.

I’m Kristian, your host, and in this episode we’re talking about the difference between ‘don’t mind’ and ‘doesn’t matter’.

The verb ‘mind’ means dislike, be annoyed by or object to. It’s followed by (verb)-ing and often used in negatives and questions.

For example, ‘Do you mind opening the window? No, I don’t mind’.

If someone says I don’t mind, it means that they have no preference or that they are happy for something to happen.

However, the verb ‘matter’ can mean be important. ‘English matters’ means ‘English is important’.

If we say it doesn’t matter, it means that the thing we’re talking about is not important or not significant.

For example, ‘Do you want to start at 4pm or 5pm? It doesn’t matter’.

Sometimes they both mean the same thing.

For example, ‘Do you want ice cream for dessert? I don’t mind’.

Or: ‘Do you want ice cream for dessert? It doesn’t matter to me.’

All right, that’s all for today. Take care of yourself, and each other, and I’ll speak to you on the podcast soon, but for now it’s time to say bye bye!

About the author 

Kristian

Kristian is from The Netherlands, but he lives in Prague, Czechia. He is a CELTA qualified teacher who passed the Cambridge C2 Proficiency exam with grade A. When he's not working, he likes to chill out with music, podcasts or an audiobook.


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