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    do we tell time vs the time

    "I don't have a wrist watch on me I left it at home. Could you tell time?" Or it should be the time?

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    Re: do we tell time vs the time

    If you can "tell time" you know how to read a watch. (Or maybe you have the ability to look at the sun and know what time it is, even without a watch.)

    In this situation, you want "Could you please tell me THE time?"
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: do we tell time vs the time

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    If you can "tell time" you know how to read a watch. (Or maybe you have the ability to look at the sun and know what time it is, even without a watch.)

    In this situation, you want "Could you please tell me THE time?"
    Can I say "Do you have the time?", if I want to ask a person if he/she knows what time is? "What time do you have?"

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    Re: do we tell time vs the time

    ...or 'Have you got the time?' or, very informally. 'Got the time?'

    There is a well-worn joking response: 'Yes, but have you got the money?'

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