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what is the differences between two requests? 1- Would it be OK if I picked it up on Friday night? or Would you mind if i borrowed your digital camera? & Do you mind if I use your laptop?
why in first & second requests we have used simple past tense and in third request we have used present tense.I deeply appreciate your kindness dear teacher.
Please compare the following:
What would you do if found $1000 on the street?
What will you do if you find $1000 on the street?
When you use would / if + past simple verb form in requests, it sounds more polite and more formal at the same time.
BTW you can say:
Do you mind me using your laptop?
"Do you mind me using your laptop?" seems to say that the person is already doing it and wants to know if there is any objection. "Would you mind if I use your laptop?" seems more like a request to me.
(i.e. your're about to do something, you expect agreement from another person so you just say it for the record)
On the other hand, it can also refer to a general question (not a request):
compare: - Do you mind cooking?
- No, not at all. Actually, I'm keen on it.
This question is not a request nor does it suggest that somebody is cooking at the moment.
So it all depends on the context.
Sure enough, "Would you mind if I used your laptop?" seems to be a proper request, like said before.