DO YOU HAVE TIME?

There are several questions to consider in this English lesson.

Do you have time?

Do you have the time?

Do you have a time?

The basic two answers to the questions are either Yes I do or No I don’t.

The questions can also be asked ‘Have you got’ instead of ‘Do you have’

Then the answers will be Yes I Have or No I haven’t.

Ler us consider the meaning of the questions.

DO YOU HAVE TIME?

There is no definite or indefinite article used in the question.

The question asks about time snd is asking if somebody has time to help another in some way.

If you asked that question to a stranger in the street, then the answer is likely to be something like:

‘Sorry I don’t’

No I don’t. I’m busy’

If you asked that same stranger

DO YOU HAVE THE TIME

the response of the stranger will be very different.

The strangee will check the time on his or her wristwatch and then tell you the time.

Imagine a slightly longer question asked of your Mother.

DO YOU HAVE TIME TO TAKE ME TO SCHOOL?

The answer would either be Yes I do or No I don’t.

DO YOU HAVE A TIME?

This is a wrong question in any situation.

Reference to ‘a time’ is perhaps to a specific thing such as a clock or a watch.

So be careful when to ask for something using the word TIME.  Make sure you make the right inference for the person to answer you correctly.

Good luck in your learning and practice of English.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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