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Instead of "Would you mind if I ask you something?" Why past tense, I don't get it?

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  • A person would mind after something has been asked. Therefore the past tense. That's how I see it. – Bleeding Fingers Dec 12 '13 at 21:06
  • Nope. It is asked because it is would. Note how it's "will you mind if I ask you something". – RegDwigнt Dec 12 '13 at 21:09

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