Did you have time VS Had you time

velectro

Member
Italian - Italy
Please, let me know why we must say:

"Did you have time to write a letter?"

but not

"Had you time to write a letter?
 
  • tomandjerryfan

    Senior Member
    English (Canada)
    Please, let me know why we must say:

    "Did you have time to write a letter?"

    but not

    "Had you time to write a letter?
    Yes, that's correct. You need to say "Did you have time to write a letter?" The second construction is also possible, but the meaning would be similar to "If you had time to..." For example:

    "Had you time to write the letter, you could have come up with something more interesting to talk about."
     

    panjandrum

    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    I don't think there is anything wrong with "Had you time to write a letter?" - apart from the fact that it is not the normal way to ask the question.
     
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