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

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

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

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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). Her breakthrough as an actor came in Sandy Wilson's musical "Valmouth", after which she starred in Harold Pinter's revue "Pieces of Eight", alongside Kenneth Williams, a partnership reprised most famously when she played the Vampirish Valeria in "Carry On Screaming" (1966).

The remote conditional merely presents the request in a slightly more diffident manner, almost as if it is idle speculation. There may be an objection to the sequence of tenses, but it sounds perfectly alright to me, and I am surprised that only one forero has mentioned it up to now. Avoiding the present tense places more "distance" between the speaker and whatever he's talking about, which is a common feature of "deferential" statements/requests. These suggest that both forms are common enough in the language - something I'd say was true of BE too.

The stories are witty and beautifully observed scenes from her life and all told in that unmistakable and ever alluring Fenella Fielding voice.

That same night I drove back to the Café with two gallons of gasoline, a few old rags, and a box of matches. Who wants to live in a country where a man can’t enjoy a cigarette and relax at the end of a work day? Simultaneously she had an illustrious stage career that includes leading roles in works by Wilde, Shakespeare, Sheridan and Chekhov.

While this doesn’t exactly make for great literature, it oddly does add to her charm and gives a real sense of Fenella falling somewhat naïvely through a wondrous acting life that encompassed everything from a starring role Hedda Gabler to: Carry On Screaming, The Morecambe and Wise Show, and The Prisoner. However, I am not a native speaker, so my solutions may be very rescricted to what you can find in a book on descriptive grammar.



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