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would it be OK if I...? | would it be all right if I...?

INFORMAL
This page is about the conversational phrase would it be OK if I...? | would it be all right if I...?

Meaning

This is an informal way of asking for permission to do something.

For example

  • "Would it be OK if I got a beer from the fridge?"
    "Sure. And grab one for me while you're at it, OK?"

  • "Would it be all right if the kids stayed here for a couple of hours?"
    "No worries, love. I'll just plonk 'em down in front of the TV."

Note:
Also "Is it OK if I...?" and "Is it all right if I...?"

Quick Quiz

"Would it be OK if I left early today?"

a. "Not at all."

b. "That's fine."

c. "Don't mind if I do."

Contributor: Matt Errey