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Let's say you go up to a group of people in the street and want to ask them the time; which of the above two sentences is the more appropriate? (are there any better alternatives)

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"Have any of you got the time?" would be the more appropriate way to say it, but "Have you got the time?" is perfectly acceptable since 'you' can act as a plural.

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Neither is perfect - I would normally expect: "Have any of you got the time?", which is a bit of a mixture of both your examples.

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I think that your examples work, even though they are not perfect as another user pointed out.
I think that

Could you please tell me what the time is?

is better, but I believe that it is a matter of preference.

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  • What are the downvotes for? Isn't my phrase valid?
    – Alexdanut
    Jul 17 '19 at 10:03

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