Usage of "won't" and "wouldn't"

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subhajit123

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Hi there, If someone asks me "would mind if I borrow your book?", Should I reply "I won't mind. you can take it." or "I wouldn't mind. You can take it". My question is which one I should use to reply: "won't" or "wouldn't"?


And one more question, Suppose my friend tells me "would you believe that I met the prime minister yesterday?" Can I reply "no, I wouldn't."? Or, should I use "no, I won't."?
 

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Hi there.

If someone asks me "Would you mind if I borrowed your book?", should I reply "I don't mind. You can take it" or "I wouldn't mind. You can take it"? My question is which one I should use to reply: "won't" or "wouldn't"?

And one more question - suppose my friend [STRIKE]tells[/STRIKE] says to/asks me "Would you believe that I met the prime minister yesterday?" Can I reply "No, I wouldn't" [STRIKE]?[/STRIKE] or (no comma here) should I use "No, I won't"?

Please note my corrections above.

Even though "I wouldn't mind" seems to be the logical response, a native speaker is unlikely to use it. We'd say "That's fine" or "OK". We might
say "I don't mind".
"No, I wouldn't" is the correct answer to your second question.
 
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