I would like to know the differerence between, What is the time and Do you mind telling me what the time is please?
First I thought that is was the with : what is the time? You would answer someting like; It is 5, time to go walk the dog. And with ; Do you mind..etc : It is 5 'o clock.
But now I am doubting this and am wondering if it is just a form of politeness?
Could you please help me? Thanks so much.
(These are a bit excessive; often people just say 'Could you tell me the time?' - not 'Would you tell me..?'.)