Grammar usage (flagged)


Although I work hard, I am being paid less salary.

Even though I work hard, I am being paid less salary.

Do you have the time? Do you have time?

What are the difference of these sentences?

edited Apr 23 '13 at 17:23 Sanjay Expert

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I'm going to disagree with Shawn. (I think this is the first time. Shawn's advise is usually excellent.)


There is a difference, at least in most American English contexts, between do you have the time and do you have time.  When you ask, do you have the time, the usual American English meaning is equivalent to asking what time is it?  When you ask, do you have time, the usual context is something like: I have some questions for you about xyz. Do you have time?  It is wquivalent to asking if you have time to spare now.


I hope this helps.

link answered Apr 24 '13 at 03:50 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

Good catch, Jeff - I was asleep at the switch, and forgot all about the 'what time is it?' meaning - what I was fixated on was that (at least in Canadian usage) 'do you have time' and 'do you have the time' can both be asking about free time (in about a 60:40 ratio) , but yes you are absolutely correct that usually when people as 'do you have the time?' they are asking what time it is....

Shawn MooneyApr 25 '13 at 11:45

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The sentences with although and even though have the same meaning, Sanjay.  Both of them would sound more natural if you changed am being paid less salary to am underpaid.  For your second set of questions, there is no difference in meaning between time and the time.  Often, the countable and uncountable forms of this noun are used in different contexts with different meanings, but in yours there is no difference. I hope this helps.

link comment answered Apr 23 '13 at 22:29 Shawn Mooney Expert

An additional information with regards to "even though".

We can use it to mean "despite the fact that".

Even though Murali does not speak English, I think that he should visit England.

(The speaker knows that Tom does not speak English.)

We can use even if to mean "whether of not".

Even if Murali does not speak English, I think that he should visit England.

(The speaker does not definitely know whether Murali speaks English.

link comment answered Apr 25 '13 at 05:24 Z. A. Jazley Contributor

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