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would you mind if I...?

FORMAL
This page is about the conversational phrase would you mind if I...?

Meaning

This is a polite way of asking for permission to do something.

For example

  • "Would you mind if I took the day off tomorrow?"
    "No, that's OK. But I'll need you on Monday for sure."

  • "Would you be able to work in Thailand next year?"
    "I'd have to ask my family first. Would you mind if I got back to you on that?"

Quick Quiz

"Would you mind if I sat here? All the other tables are full."

a. "No, it's fine."

b. "Yes, it's fine."

c. "No, it's taken."

Contributor: Matt Errey