Which short way of asking for a bill is correct?

  • Bill, please!
  • The bill, please!
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    Generally, at a bar or restaurant, it would be "Check, please" or "May I have my/our check, please" – Hot Licks Sep 27 '15 at 17:52
  • "May I have the bill, please?" should be used. Check sounds so 1970s. 1980s, like pop, or Elvis Presley. Check sounds like walkman rather than android, tennis shoes rather than sneakers, like Britney and Spice Girls rather than Taylor Swift, or like Montgomery Gentry rather than Miranda Lambert. – Blessed Geek Sep 28 '15 at 8:33
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    Today I learned that Elvis Presley and Britney Spears were both products of the 80s. Thank you, @BlessedGeek. – RegDwigнt Sep 28 '15 at 11:57

I think, if you're talking to a human being, you might like to take just a little more time. "Could we have our bill, please?" seems more in order to my British sensibility. Less in the way of being an abrupt order to a servant, perhaps?

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    It seems more in order to my US sensibilities also. (Although in US, would say "check".) It takes a fraction of a second to be polite. – ab2 MonicaNotForgotten Sep 27 '15 at 18:59
  • @Margana, thanks a lot for your answer. And I definitely agree with you. However, I was interested in a difference between two phrases mentioned above. – sirdarpeace Sep 28 '15 at 14:54

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