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    Smile stood in line/in a queue

    Isn't it ridiculous that fans stood in line for hours to get the singer's autograph.


    I presume that stood in a queue could replace stood in line, but why not stood in a line or stood in queue? Could you dig up a reason? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    Isn't it ridiculous that fans stood in line for hours to get the singer's autograph.


    I presume that stood in a queue could replace stood in line, but why not stood in a line or stood in queue? Could you dig up a reason? Thanks.
    Hi, angliholic!

    You ask some pretty good questions!

    Although popular in many parts of the world, the use of the word queue is a relatively recent arrival to the USA. Most Americans prefer to stand in line to wait for something to happen, rather than queuing up. The proper expression should probably be to stand in a line but when someone directs you to go stand in line everyone understands the direction.

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    [quote=amigos4;218782]Hi, angliholic!

    You ask some pretty good questions!

    Although popular in many parts of the world, the use of the word queue is a relatively recent arrival to the USA. Most Americans prefer to stand in line to wait for something to happen, rather than queuing up. The proper expression should probably be to stand in a line but when someone directs you to go stand in line everyone understands the direction.[/quote]
    Thanks, amigos, for the help.
    But would you mind explaining more about the part I bolded in green? I don't quite get it.

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    Default Re: stood in line/in a queue

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    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    Hi, angliholic!

    You ask some pretty good questions!

    Although popular in many parts of the world, the use of the word queue is a relatively recent arrival to the USA. Most Americans prefer to stand in line to wait for something to happen, rather than queuing up. The proper expression should probably be to stand in a line but when someone directs you to go stand in line everyone understands the direction.[/quote]
    Thanks, amigos, for the help.
    But would you mind explaining more about the part I bolded in green? I don't quite get it.
    Angliholic,
    When you buy tickets to see a movie, and the doors to the theater have not yet opened, the manager may tell you to go stand in line while you wait for the doors to open.
    When you visit Disneyland during summer vacation you can expect to stand in line as the crowd slowly makes its way to the entrance of the rides.
    Very seldom in America will you hear the direction to queue up.

    Does this help you understand the concept?

    Cheers,
    Amigos4

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    Got it! Thanks, amigos, for your help.

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