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I do not know what would be the best way of saying this:

Suppose you walk into a shop and you notice there is not a single customer in the shop. So you cannot be sure if the shop has already started its business for the day. How can you ask the staff?

Can we say-

Have you started servicing?

or,

Are you open now or sth ?

Thank you.

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Hello, Sahand. The sister site, ELL, deals with basic questions like this. Though 'Have you started serving?' and 'Are you open?' said with a smile should get you through until you can repost. –  Edwin Ashworth Mar 15 at 16:27
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Hi @Sahand, welcome to ELU. I think with basic questions like this you should ask on English Language Learners, where you'll probably get better answers more targeted to non-native speakers. –  FumbleFingers Mar 15 at 16:28
    
@Sahand: I agree with the others that you might enjoy English Language Learners more. I have edited your question a bit so the style sounds more like that of a native speaker. I did this in an effort to help you to learn, not because the question was unreadable. Good luck with your studies. –  David M Mar 15 at 16:40
    
Thanks guys for your advice, I will take it. –  Sahand Mar 15 at 16:44
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Judging from the time it often takes to find a member of staff in a department store, I sometimes wonder if they are open at 2.00 in the afternoon! –  WS2 Mar 15 at 17:27

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Are you open (yet)? would be the typical way to ask this in American English.

It will be perceived as polite, and will be understood immediately.

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Thanks @David, is it typical to ask such a question. I mean if a native faces the same situation what will they normally say? –  Sahand Mar 15 at 16:31
    
@Sahand Without question. You have my word as a native speaker of American English. –  David M Mar 15 at 16:34
    
Thanks mate for your help :) –  Sahand Mar 15 at 16:39

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