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    on the queue / in the queue / in queue

    Hi,

    1) Where is your wife? - She is on the queue

    2) Where is your wife? - She is in the queue

    3) Where is your wife? - She is in/on queue

    Which options are idiomatic to speak about a person who is queuing (up)?

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    Re: on the queue / in the queue / in queue

    In British English, she is in the queue.

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    Re: on the queue / in the queue / in queue

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    In British English, she is in the queue.
    Thanks. Do we use "the" even when speaking about queueing in general without mentioning a particular queue?

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    Re: on the queue / in the queue / in queue

    Quote Originally Posted by milan2003_07 View Post
    Thanks. Do we use "the" even when speaking about queueing in general without mentioning a particular queue?
    Well, if we don't know which queue she's in, we probably don't know she is in a queue.

    I suppose that if I lived in a city in which queuing for basic necessities was a part of normal life, I could say, "She's in a queue somewhere".

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    Re: on the queue / in the queue / in queue

    Or "She is queuing."
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: on the queue / in the queue / in queue

    That seems like a very valuable word in Scrabble.

    More to the point: Americans line up or stand in line. We rarely "queue" as people, though we talk about the print queue, or a computer job in the queue.
    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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