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)


"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.


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.


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.

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

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