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At the Movies

BOB : We’d like two tickets for the 3:30 show, please.

TICKET SALES : Here you go. Enjoy the movie!

[Inside the theater]

BOB : Would you mind moving over one, so my friend and I can sit together?

WOMAN : No, not at all.

BOB : Thanks a lot!


The 3:30 show Movies are shown at different times throughout the day. This refers to the movie that starts at 3:30. Notice the emphasis on 3:30.

Enjoy the movie! Notice how the intonation rises on movie. This is said in a friendly way, and is followed by an exclamation point.

Would you mind is a polite way to ask “Can you do something for me?" Notice the verb ends in “-ing." Compare this structure to “Would you mind if I" plus a verb that ends in “-ed" (Would you mind if I opened the window?).

Moving over one Here “one" is short for “one seat."

No, not at all is a way of saying “No, I don’t mind" or “I will be glad to." Notice the answer to “Would you mind" is in the negative form.

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