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    Time.

    Hello,

    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.

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    Re: Time.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bien05 View Post
    Hello,

    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.
    Just politeness. A direct question suggests: '[I can see you've got a watch, and you have no option; you must tell me:] What is the time?' To be polite you have to find some way of phrasing the question in such a way that they have a get-out (which of course they won't use) - 'Do you mind..?', 'I wonder if you'd mind my asking..?', 'Would you be so good as to..?'...

    (These are a bit excessive; often people just say 'Could you tell me the time?' - not 'Would you tell me..?'.)

    b

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