I believe it same as saying "Do you have some water?"

Is it?

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    – choster
    Commented Aug 14, 2018 at 5:41
  • There’s a separate issue here when it comes to saying something a native speaker would say. You need to understand the difference between some and the corresponding negative-polarity-item any as used in questions such as yours. Notice the difference between “Do you have any water?” on one hand, and “May I have some water?” on the other. This is rather important. Please see the marked duplicates, and their respective linked questions.
    – tchrist
    Commented Oct 13, 2018 at 18:42

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It was once, a long time ago.

The two acceptable versions today would be:

  1. Have you got some water?

Which is sometimes shortened to "Got some water?" and

  1. Do you have any water [here]?
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    I would suggest that 'Have you any water?' is more idiomatic in a question (c.f. the nursery rhyme 'Baa baa black sheep, have you any wool?'). Answer: 'Yes, I have some'. Commented Aug 14, 2018 at 8:05
  • @KateBunting: That nursery rhyme is from the 18th Century. As is the melody.
    – Ricky
    Commented Aug 14, 2018 at 8:08

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