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    Default Would you mind if I opened the window?

    "Would you mind if I opened the window?" is found for the usage of the word "mind" in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. The dictionary explains that it is spoken and used when making a polite request.
    In the same dictionary, "Would you mind if I open a window?" is also found for the usage of the word "mind."
    Are these both acceptable and the same in meaning?
    "Would you mind if I opened the window?"
    "Would you mind if I open the window?"

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    Default Re: Would you mind if I opened the window?

    Both are possible.

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    Cool Re: Would you mind if I opened the window?

    Quote Originally Posted by Snappy View Post
    "Would you mind if I opened the window?" is found for the usage of the word "mind" in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. The dictionary explains that it is spoken and used when making a polite request.
    In the same dictionary, "Would you mind if I open a window?" is also found for the usage of the word "mind."
    Are these both acceptable and the same in meaning?
    "Would you mind if I opened the window?"
    "Would you mind if I open the window?"
    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    Both are possible.
    It's only either Would you mind if I opened the window? or Do you mind if I open the window? that is correct.

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    Default Re: Would you mind if I opened the window?

    Quote Originally Posted by Snappy View Post
    "Would you mind if I opened the window?" is found for the usage of the word "mind" in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. The dictionary explains that it is spoken and used when making a polite request.
    In the same dictionary, "Would you mind if I open a window?" is also found for the usage of the word "mind."
    Are these both acceptable and the same in meaning?
    "Would you mind if I opened the window?"
    "Would you mind if I open the window?"
    I could only find one mention in the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English of this example under 'mind'. "Would you mind if I opened the window?"
    Did you make a mistake in your question?

    Anyhow, I agree with engee.

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    Default Re: Would you mind if I opened the window?

    Last edited by svartnik; 29-Jul-2009 at 09:27.

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    Default Re: Would you mind if I opened the window?

    These links seem to prove one thing, that in AmE both are accepted by some, but are not necessarily acceptable to all.

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    Default Re: Would you mind if I opened the window?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    not necessarily acceptable to all.
    Which part proves that?

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    Cool Re: Would you mind if I opened the window?

    Svartnik, it's not how many reference links you provide, but it's what you think that is right. I'm a prescriptivist, so I should strongly recommend saying that following the patterns:
    would mind if + past tense
    do mind if + present tense



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    Default Re: Would you mind if I opened the window?

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    I'm a prescriptivist,
    Being a prescriptivist suggests having absolute authority in the English language to me, eng. No offence, but who are you?
    Okay, I rephrase my answer and say, both are commonly used by educated people.

    PS: and please ... do not ... underline ... my name, please. I can see very well. ;)

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