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Also, how would you ask someone if it's ok to use casual forms with them? Is it alright to use it on people older than you if their not teachers/professionals, etc.?
"yobi sutete mo ii desu ka?" is probably the standard way. However, the question itself is a little impolite (even with the "desu") and in some situations you should not even ask. I would save that question for people around your own age and in a similar position as you. Don't ask bosses, teachers, or people much older than you if you can speak in plain forms -- if they don't specifically tell you it's OK, stick to polite.
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