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valtango

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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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tdol said:
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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valtango said:
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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valtango said:
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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henry said:
valtango said:
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:

Very good, Henry! :wink:
 

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valtango said:
Thanyou all for your help.

You're very welcome. :wink:
 
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