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    "taken" as occupied?

    How to say, in informal way (ineveryday situation) that something is occupied. E.g. the seat in bus, cinema, public toilet, beautiful girl.
    Can I use "taken" in this meaning?
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    Re: "taken" as occupied?

    For a seat, yes.

    A toilet we usually refer to as "occupied" in AmE.

    A girl is "in a relationship."

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    Re: "taken" as occupied?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pierce111 View Post
    How to say, in informal way (ineveryday situation) that something is occupied. E.g. the seat in bus, cinema, public toilet, beautiful girl.
    Can I use "taken" in thie meaning?
    A beautiful girl is not "something".

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    A girl is "in a relationship."
    Recent experience in online chat tells me that "Are you taken?" is current usage among American young people. (I don't know how young because everyone seems young to me.) :)

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    Re: "taken" as occupied?

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Recent experience in online chat tells me that "Are you taken?" is current usage among American young people. (I don't know how young because everyone seems young to me.) :)
    Yes, "taken" is used in that context.

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