Do you have, or have you

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celtaflorida

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Hi.
Is it correct to say, "Have you any idea?" rather than, "Have you got, or do you have an idea?" in a formal manner?
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Shoreditch

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All three are correct. Here in England, I rarely hear other forms than this:

Have you got...?

Wait for a teacher's or a native's advice. I am not a trustworthy source of information.
 

Offroad

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Do you have ... ? is the best one.
 

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As a native speaker I agree with both Shoreditch and Offroad. "Do you have" and "Have you got" are equally good. Celtaflorida's original question was also well-founded. "Have you any idea?" is correct but sounds rather formal and old-fashioned.
 

5jj

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"Have you any idea?" is correct but sounds rather formal and old-fashioned.
To you youngsters, perhaps.

There are still quite a few of us not-so-young speakers of BrE who say that naturally,
 
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