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Preferring the old fashioned phrase to the one in common usage

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MidnightVelvetthe5th Thu 07-Apr-16 18:19:34

I'm reading a book from my childhood where some under tens are camping in their garden & the hosting mother wants to know if they have enough blankets. Unlike me who would throw the kitchen window open & bellow down the garden 'do you have enough blankets', the mother instead walks all the way down to the bottom of the garden in her pretty dress & heels & asks them in a calm voice 'Have you enough blankets?' I wish I could say 'have you enough cucumber' or suchlike to my kids but the default phrase now is 'do you have enough'. Which is longer & takes more time to say.

I might trial the other way at work tomorrow, slip in a little 'have you enough photocopier toner' or similar as I much prefer this version smile if you heard me would you think I was a twat?

5tardusty Thu 07-Apr-16 19:18:32

I wouldn't think that you were wierd. I love more old fashioned phrasing like that too!

Floggingmolly Fri 08-Apr-16 22:41:55

Would you think I was a twat?. No, I'd think you'd spent time in Ireland. That kind of phrasing is quite normal there.

Czerny88 Sat 09-Apr-16 17:43:14

Or even, "have you got enough...?" which is even clunkier, but very common.

I much prefer "forthcoming" to "upcoming".

ThenLaterWhenItGotDark Fri 15-Apr-16 13:32:26

Unfortunately, even in Famous Five style writing "Have you ....?" was never considered to be correct standard English.

So, I wouldn't think you were a twat, but I might think you were a) Irish, b) American c) not aware of grammar rules for making questions with auxiliary verbs d) all 3.

claraschu Fri 15-Apr-16 13:37:50

"Trial" used to be a noun, in the times to which you refer. I prefer to let nouns be nouns.

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