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    I am getting off too

    When I was on a tram which was full of people. I was waiting to get off. A woman pushed me and said "Excuse me" because
    she wanted to get off too.

    Is it natural for me to say "I'm getting off too."

    If a people blocking my way to get off a tram, is it natural to say "Excuse me. Are you getting off?"

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    Re: I am getting off too

    "'I'm getting off too" is exactly what I would say.

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    Re: I am getting off too

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    "'I'm getting off too" is exactly what I would say.
    Thanks probus

    If a people blocking my way to get off a tram, is it natural to say "Excuse me. Are you getting off?"

    Is " "Excuse me. Are you getting off?" natural too?

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    #4

    Re: I am getting off too

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Thanks probus

    If a person is blocking my way to get off a tram, is it natural to say "Excuse me. Are you getting off?"

    Is " "Excuse me. Are you getting off?" natural too?
    Are those sentences different? They both sound normal.
    Actually, if someone is standing stationary in front of you on a tram facing an open door at a stop, I would simply say "Excuse me" and push past them. But this depends how long you have to get off, how crowded it is, etc. If you are more patient than me, you might be happy to miss your stop by having the doors close before you've adequately ascertained the person's intentions. What city are you in?

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    Re: I am getting off too

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Are those sentences different? They both sound normal.
    Actually, if someone is standing stationary in front of you on a tram facing an open door at a stop, I would simply say "Excuse me" and push past them. But this depends how long you have to get off, how crowded it is, etc. If you are more patient than me, you might be happy to miss your stop by having the doors close before you've adequately ascertained the person's intentions. What city are you in?
    Thanks Raymott

    In Hong Kong, the tram is usually very crowded in rush hour. Sometimes, it's difficult to push past other passengers because some people are standing still to play with their mobile phones. They might not hear "Excuse me".
    Last edited by Winwin2011; 01-Oct-2013 at 09:44.

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    Re: I am getting off too

    I think you should be able to tell that someone is being courteous and waiting for the person in front of them rather than just shoving through themselves, rather than simply being distracted and oblivious to the fact that the door are open and that they are getting in the way of the people behind them who want to get off.

    If they are texting without their eyes on the door, you can say "Excuse me, this is my stop."
    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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