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Why can past tense be used in conversation asking for people’s opinion at the time that the conversation was taken place?

Part of the conversation is:
“Only problem is, most of the bedrooms were gone already. Was there any particular dorm you were interested in?”
Why did the speaker use past tense “was and were” to ask the other one during a conversation happening at present from their perspective?
Please help me.

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