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    Hello I have heard the phrase follow the line which means to obey the Rules.
    a) the correct is line or Lines?
    b) I would Like to make a strong formal statement that tries to express that everyone needs To Follow The rules and if someone will not do it then it will be interrupted by me.

    This is what I have thought so far
    "..... i would like to finish by saying please follow the line/obey the rules/ follow the rules as if you do not then i ll have to interrupt (something more appropriate here) you".

    could you please help make the above sentence sound more formal (as possible) and be well structured?

    I would like to thank you in advance for your help and support.

    Best Regards
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    Quote Originally Posted by dervast View Post
    Hello I have heard the phrase follow the line which means to obey the Rules.
    a) the correct is line or Lines?
    b) I would Like to make a strong formal statement that tries to express that everyone needs To Follow The rules and if someone will not do it then it will be interrupted by me.

    This is what I have thought so far
    "..... i would like to finish by saying please follow the line/obey the rules/ follow the rules as if you do not then i ll have to interrupt (something more appropriate here) you".

    could you please help make the above sentence sound more formal (as possible) and be well structured?

    I would like to thank you in advance for your help and support.

    Best Regards
    Alex
    I haven't heard of "follow the line". "Walk the line" is possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I haven't heard of "follow the line". "Walk the line" is possible.
    Thanks for the feedback. I used tha phrase "follow the line" to my English teacher (she is from California I think) and she did not correct me.

    So do you imply that this
    "please obey the rules/ follow the rules as if you do not then i ll have to interrupt (something more appropriate here) you"
    does it sound formal to you?

    Best Regards
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    Quote Originally Posted by dervast View Post
    Thanks for the feedback. I used tha phrase "follow the line" to my English teacher (she is from California I think) and she did not correct me.

    So do you imply that this
    "please obey the rules/ follow the rules as if you do not then i ll have to interrupt (something more appropriate here) you"
    does it sound formal to you?

    Best Regards
    Alex
    "Please follow the rules. If you don't, then I'll have to stop you."
    But that is not a strong statement. It sounds apologetic. (Sorry guys, but I'm really going to have to stop you if you mess up.)

    It's hard to know exactly how to phrase this without knowing what you're talking about, and what you're actually going to do in the event of a breach. For example, in some circumstances, "Those who disobey the rules will be shot" might be the right tone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "Please follow the rules. If you don't, then I'll have to stop you."
    But that is not a strong statement. It sounds apologetic. (Sorry guys, but I'm really going to have to stop you if you mess up.)

    It's hard to know exactly how to phrase this without knowing what you're talking about, and what you're actually going to do in the event of a breach. For example, in some circumstances, "Those who disobey the rules will be shot" might be the right tone.
    Thanks for the answer !
    I will be the chairman in a debate (sort of exercise) and I would like to inform the debaters as well as the audience that will have to follow the rules

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    Quote Originally Posted by dervast View Post
    Thanks for the answer !
    I will be the chairman in a debate (sort of exercise) and I would like to inform the debaters as well as the audience that will have to follow the rules
    In that case, it's best not to shoot them!
    Your original sentence would be appropriate, with "follow the rules", and 'interrupt', 'intervene', or 'stop you'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    In that case, it's best not to shoot them!
    :)

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