any chance you could give me the time?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by MaximuS.111, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. MaximuS.111

    MaximuS.111 Senior Member

    ukraine
    russian
    Hello fellows! :)
    Please, tell me, what did the guy mean by asking the question in bold?
    - I think I'll keep it (said the guy about the watch which was a present to the outher guy)
    - Any chance you could give the time? (asked another). I don't want to be late for the opening or Metroman museum.

    Funny, recalling the topic I recently posted about leaving out 'Did' in questions using Past Indefinite I may presume it is 'Is' that missing in the sentence in question, am I right? Should have it been there 'Is there any chance you could give the time?'

    Thanks in advance! :)
     
  2. sandpiperlily

    sandpiperlily Senior Member

    It's a polite way of asking "what time is it?"
     
  3. panjandrum

    panjandrum PongoMod

    Belfast, Ireland
    English-Ireland (top end)
    The context is very complex, and the text quoted is a translation from Japanese.

    The first speaker is a prison guard or equivalent.
    The second is a prisoner.

    Preface to the script in one version I found:
    Megamind asks for some time off from his prison sentence to go visit the museum,

    "Any chance you could give me the time?
    - in the context, probably means something like -
    "Would you be prepared to let me have time off from my prison sentence in order to visit the museum."

    There's another version with different words HERE.
    Megamind: Any chance you could give me the time. I don't want to be late for the opening of the Metro Man museum.

    I think it's clear, as Maximus suggested, that the question omits "Is there" - "Is there any chance you could give me the time?"

    [Maximus: It is really important that you tell us something about the source of the text you quote. It is a basic requirement of the forum and often, as in this case, is crucial to understanding the text you ask about.]
     
  4. JamesM

    JamesM à la Mod

    I've seen the movie. I'd say, in the context, that it's a form of bragging. MegaMind is politely asking what time it is, implying that he will escape before the museum opens. (He does, as I recall.)

    I don't think he's asking for time off.
     
  5. MaximuS.111

    MaximuS.111 Senior Member

    ukraine
    russian
    sandpiperlily, panjandrum, JamesM
    Thanks for the help! :)

    I got you, panjandrum. I'll try to accompany my future questions with a source.
     
  6. Pedro y La Torre

    Pedro y La Torre Senior Member

    Paris, France
    English (Ireland)
    Funnily enough, (out of context) it sounds like an informal/colloquial way of asking for the time to my Irish ears.
     

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