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 don't mind • have noticed • confused
 because of • still
  1. I have a headache the loud music.
  2. I would like another cup of coffee, if you .
  3. Bring a map with you so you don't get .
  4. Many people that traffic problems are getting worse.
  5. Are you interested in going to the concert with me?
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904 Speak English?
Brian asks Fanny about how hard it might be speaking English in China.

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if you don't mind

I have another question to ask if you don't mind.

We use the phrase 'if you dont mind' to make a request more polite.  Notice the following:

  1. If you don't mind, can we change seats?
  2. If you don't mind, can I give my friend your telephone number?

as you may have noticed

As you might have noticed I'm not Chinese.

We use the phrase 'as you may have noticed' to talk about things we can easily see.  Notice the following:

  1. As you may have noticed, this is not a safe city.
  2. As people are noticing, she is doing really good work.


maybe I made you confused.

When something is not clear or difficult to understand, we get confused.  Notice the following:

  1. The lecture really had me confused.
  2. The instructions did not help. They just confused me.

because of

Because of the games many people are learning English.

The phrase 'because of' means 'as a result of'. Notice the following:

  1. The game was cancelled because of the rain.
  2. Because of the weekend traffic, we stayed home.


During that time, English people are still around.

We use the word 'still' to talk about a situation that started in the past and is continuing now.  Notice the following:

  1. That show is still on TV. It has been on for years.
  2. As you may have noticed, he is still here.