Reported speech "Would you mind speaking a little bit slower"?

"Do you mind if I closed the window"?

May 17, 2018 3:46 PM
Comments · 2
Thanks Phil.. I get it
May 17, 2018
The “conditionals” in your examples are in fact just being used as a form of politeness or curtesy, so rather than report the speech literally, you could write something like:
He politely asked me to speak a bit slower.
He asked permission to close the window / He asked if he could close the window.

If you insist on reporting the speech more literally, you could put:
He asked me if I would mind speaking a little bit slower. (The 2nd conditional doesn’t change in reported speech.)
He asked me if I minded if he closed the window. (The past of the zero conditional is a past real conditional.)

I hope this helps.
May 17, 2018