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Post by Stevenloan » Fri Dec 14, 2018 4:47 pm

A: Can I ask you a question?
B: Shoot.
A: Did you always want to be a politician? I hope you don't mind me asking that / If you don't mind my asking.

Hi everybody! Between "I hope you don't mind me asking that" and "If you don't mind my asking", which one is more suitable and sounds more natural in this situation?

Thanks a lot!

StevenLoan
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Post by trolley » Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:22 pm

I think they work equally well, but I feel there is a slight difference between the two. If you don't mind me asking is asking you be excused for asking the question. If you don't mind my asking is asking that the question, itself, be excused. My daughter would probably make that clearer by nouning the verb (gerund?)...
"if you don't mind my ask"
"actually, I do. Now get your ask out of here."
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Post by Stevenloan » Sat Dec 15, 2018 4:05 pm

trolley: Thank you so much for your help. I really appreciate it.

StevenLoan
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