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    in file

    Hi~ Teacher

    Let me know the expression 'in file'

    <They stood in file.>

    From the above sentence how do you know how many lines there are?
    Can I wtire <They stood in three files.> ?

    Also can I write <They stood in a file> insteand of <They stood in single file>

    How about <They stood in files.>?

    Teacher, you can say yes or no to my questions.

    Thank you

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    Re: in file

    Also can I write <They stood in a file> insteand of <They stood in single file>
    I wouldn't use a file.
    They stood in file.
    I would assume that there was one queue.

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    Re: in file

    Do you use "file" in a conversational situation in the UK?

    It has a definite military feeling for me.

    They stood in three lines. They stood in line.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: in file

    I think "in file" means successively.

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    Re: in file

    I wouldn't use it in ordinary conversation- I'd use queue or line. The exception would be in single file, though it's not something I'd need to use much.

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