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    Dear Teacher,

    Are the following sentences have the same meaning?

    ///do you mind if i borrow your digital camera
    ///would you mind if i borrowed your digital camera

    Because the first sentence has the verb borrow while the second sentence has the verb borrowed.

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    The have the same meaning, but the second is more formal- we use 'would' to try to show a greater degree of formality. The reason for the differene in tenses is to be found at the start of the question- do you mind + present, would you mind + past

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