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    #1

    to have a question

    If I have a question, can I say the following?

    Can I have a question?

    I know that other correct possibilities are:
    Can I ask you something?
    Can I ask (you) a question?

    But what about the first one? Is it acceptable?
    Please note that I'm not a teacher.

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    #2

    Re: to have a question

    Quote Originally Posted by CarloSsS View Post
    If I have a question, can I say the following?

    Can I have a question?
    It's not very natural, though doubtless some people will come up with links to sites in which it has been written/said.
    Last edited by 5jj; 04-Jul-2012 at 19:42.

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    #3

    Re: to have a question

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    It's not very natural, though doubtless some people will come up with links to sites in which it has ben written/said.
    It's not difficult to present a collection of 37,800,000 links.

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    Re: to have a question

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    It's not difficult to present a collection of 37,800,000 links.
    I have just tried i is not never mistook (without quotes) - 3,870,000!

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    #5

    Re: to have a question

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I have just tried i is not never mistook (without quotes) - 3,870,000!
    Fortunately, it's 0 with the quotes.

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    Re: to have a question

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    Fortunately, it's 0 with the quotes.
    Damn!

    Will no-one rid me of these turbulent quotes?

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    #7

    Re: to have a question

    NOT A TEACHER

    Please correct me if I'm wrong, but to me "Can I have a question?" and "Can I ask you something?" do not mean the same thing. "Can I have a question?" to me means "Am I able to have a question?" or "Am I allowed to have a question?".

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    #8

    Re: to have a question

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    NOT A TEACHER

    Please correct me if I'm wrong, but to me "Can I have a question?" and "Can I ask you something?" do not mean the same thing. "Can I have a question?" to me means "Am I able to have a question?" or "Am I allowed to have a question?".
    You can be able or allowed to have a question but, perhaps, not be able or allowed to have it answered, or to ask it.
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 04-Jul-2012 at 20:40.

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    #9

    Re: to have a question

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Damn!

    Will no-one rid me of these turbulent quotes?
    If you make a query like this [i is not never mistook] on Google without putting it between quotation marks, you are basically saying that you want to find any resources that contain one of the following words: "i", "is", "never", "mistook". Note that Google searches are not case-sensitive most of the time. When you put the words in "", then you are tasking Google with finding the exact phrase in the quotation marks (here case-sensitiveness applies). All in all, there's a lot of "magic" going on before the query is actually executed and the results are returned.
    Please note that I'm not a teacher.

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    #10

    Re: to have a question

    Back to the original question, would it even be possible for a native speaker to utter such a sentence? If so, what would it mean? If not, would you understand what they actually are trying to say?
    Please note that I'm not a teacher.

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