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Suppose a person is speaking and if I want to interrupt him, what can I say?

1)Will you mind mine interrupting you?

2)Will you mind me interrupting you?

3)Will you mind my interrupting you?

What is the correct construction?

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  • I would say, "Do you mind if I interrupt?"
    – J.R.
    May 13, 2013 at 9:48
  • Of those three, number two seems natural and normal. One and three seem unnatural, while three also seems unnecessarily stiff and formal.
    – Tristan
    May 13, 2013 at 14:33

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Option (1) is straightforwardly wrong. Don't use it.

Option (2) and (3) are both valid, but are a little stilted. A more natural way would be to say:

Would you mind if I interrupt you there?

Would you mind if I interrupt you for a second?

Can I interrupt you for a minute?

If you're interrupting to add something or disagree with the sentence you can also say:

Can I just stop you there?

And if you're interrupting an unrelated discussion to get someone's attention:

Excuse me, Mr Johnson. Can I have a moment of your time? (esp. to a more senior person)

Excuse me, Mr Smith. Can I have a quick word with you?

Will would normally be used by a native speaker to ask strictly about the future:

Will you mind if I interrupt your meeting tomorrow? I'm going to be late.

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Mine is never used as adjective or modifier. You can say "That is your dog; this is mine." not "That is your dog; this is mine dog." In the last sentence, I should say "this is my dog" or use mine without dog (as in the previous sentence).

As said in "Would you mind if I [do something]?" versus "Would you mind me [doing something]?", "Will you mind my interrupting you?" is equivalent to "Will you mind if I interrupt you?" while "Will you mind me interrupting you?" refers to me personally and not to the action.

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