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    Here I am with a problem. Which is correct:-
    Would you mind if I asked you a question?
    Would you mind if I ask you a question?

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    I'd use the first because the normal pattern is to use the past tense would 'would' in such sentences. However, I wouldn't go so far as to say the second is impossible, but I'd play safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I'd use the first because the normal pattern is to use the past tense would 'would' in such sentences. However, I wouldn't go so far as to say the second is impossible, but I'd play safe.
    Thanks so much, it's what I thought too, but needed verification.

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    Quote Originally Posted by valtango
    Here I am with a problem. Which is correct:-
    Would you mind if I asked you a question?
    Would you mind if I ask you a question?
    I agree with TDOL. In form, this is a second conditional. These conditionals use the past tense in the "if" clause, and the present conditional "would" + "base verb form" in the result clause. The second variation would be a mixed conditional, which can be grammatical, but is less common. :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by valtango
    Here I am with a problem. Which is correct:-
    Would you mind if I asked you a question?
    Would you mind if I ask you a question?
    To avoid the doubt, you can also say " Would you mind me/my asking you a question?"

    :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by henry
    Quote Originally Posted by valtango
    Here I am with a problem. Which is correct:-
    Would you mind if I asked you a question?
    Would you mind if I ask you a question?
    To avoid the doubt, you can also say " Would you mind me/my asking you a question?"

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    Very good, Henry! :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork

    Very good, Henry! :wink:
    Thank you! :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by henry
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork

    Very good, Henry! :wink:
    Thank you! :D
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    Thanyou all for your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by valtango
    Thanyou all for your help.
    You're very welcome. :wink:

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