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    #31

    Re: Would you mind if I opened the window?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    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.

    Would you mind if I open a window?
    I made a mistake. I found the above sentence under "if" in the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.


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    #32

    Re: Would you mind if I opened the window?

    Quote Originally Posted by Snappy View Post
    Would you mind if I open a window?
    I made a mistake. I found the above sentence under "if" in the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.
    spoken used when making a polite request:
    I wonder if you could help me.
    I'd be grateful if you would send me further details.
    Would you mind if I open a window?
    If you would just wait for a moment, I'll try to find your papers.

    if - Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online

    Yes, Snappy, that is correct too and there is no difference between the past and present form versions.

    The question remains, which group do you believe?

    1. Longman, svartnik, CaliJim, Soup (Casiopeia)
    2. eng, Ray, Philo

    I suggest that you go along with group #1.


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    #33

    Re: Would you mind if I opened the window?

    all of them are correct in the meaning.I mean if you will say that fro any body here he will understand you immediately but the mistake will be in the Garmmar
    I think the most correct one is
    would you mind if I open the window?
    and the answer can be ( yes you can ....or ...not at all*)

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    #34

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    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post

    Yes, Snappy, that is correct too and there is no difference between the past and present form versions.
    What if someone said something like this:
    Do you mind if I opened the window?

    Is this better or worse than Do you mind if I open the window? Or maybe they're interchangeable and mean the same?


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    #35

    Re: Would you mind if I opened the window?

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    What if someone said something like this:
    Do you mind if I opened the window?
    Although opened the window already, but do you mind?

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    #36

    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?"
    There are three possible structures.
    1- Would you mind opening the window? (They (the listener) will open the window. A very polite request.)
    2- Would you mind if I opened the window? (You (yourself) will open the window. Asking for permission very politely.)
    3- Do you mind if I open the window? (You (yourself) will open the window. Asking for permission very politely.)
    As per the one people have been fighting over in this blog could be acceptable by some people but this isn't considered to be good English, at least where I live. I would only advise that It's safer to avoid that one.

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    #37

    Re: Would you mind if I opened the window?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    You could have saved your time by reading my post #4.
    Of course I read your thread. I read all of the contributions. That yours was or wasn't authoritative wasn't of issue nor was it the issue.

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    #38

    Re: Would you mind if I opened the window?

    Quote Originally Posted by Snappy View Post
    Would you mind if I open a window?
    I made a mistake. I found the above sentence under "if" in the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.
    It's great to hear that you found the example.

    By now I trust you have the answer to your question.

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    #39

    Re: Would you mind if I opened the window?

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    What if someone said something like this:
    Do you mind if I opened the window?

    Is this better or worse than Do you mind if I open the window? Or maybe they're interchangeable and mean the same?
    It's not what you'd expect to hear, but analogy plays a large part in language change, so if would / if opened is in the grammar, then do / if opened is probably there too somewhere.

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    #40

    Re: Would you mind if I opened the window?

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    The question remains, which group do you believe?

    1. Longman, svartnik, CaliJim, Soup
    2. eng, Ray, Philo, dawoodusmani

    I suggest that you go along with group #1.
    That wouldn't be because you're in it, would it?
    Soup only counts for one, and I've added dawoodusmani
    It's a courageous move posting this list in support of your argument!
    R.

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