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A boy wanted to buy some chocolate at a supermarket. His maid said: 'Do you have the money?'
I'd like to know whether 'Do you have the money?' is correct?
But of course 'any money' doesn't exclude amounts that aren't enough. In this case 'the money' means 'enough money to buy the chocolate'.
The context (he's being looked after by a maid) suggests that the exchange is rather dated. When I was a child my sister might have said 'Do you have the money?'. But I think the question more likely to be asked of modern children (in Br E, that is) would be 'Have you got the money?'
PS afterthought: But then Great Britain didn't have supermarkets in the days when maids were common. (Some people do still have domestic staff but they don't tend to call them maids) Perhaps the context is US...?