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    Smile Correct usage of: DO YOU HAVE A TIME AND DO YOU HAVE THE TIME.

    Hi, I am wondering what is the difference between the usage of :

    Do you have the time and Do you have a time?

    Please help. Thank you. (",)

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    Re: Correct usage of: DO YOU HAVE A TIME AND DO YOU HAVE THE TIME.

    "Do you have the time" can be a polite way to ask someone what time it is. It is also a way to ask if someone has enought time available to do something.

    I notice my watch has stopped, so I say to someone passing by, "Excuse me, do you have the time?"

    You have volunteered to help me with something, but I don't want to inconvenience you. "Thanks, that would be very helpful, but I know how busy you are. Do you have the time?"

    "Do you have a time" is not correct in any situation I can think of.

    [business writer, not a teacher]


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    Re: Correct usage of: DO YOU HAVE A TIME AND DO YOU HAVE THE TIME.

    Hi. Thank you for telling this to me. Thank you so much! :)

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