Interested in Language
1. Is this seat free?
2. Is anybody sitting here?
Which of the above sentences is more commly used by native speakers?
I'd say 'Is this anybody's seat?'
'Is this seat free?' is good, but 'Is anybody sitting here?' is a daft question when they clearly aren't.
Last edited by Rover_KE; 27-Nov-2013 at 09:30. Reason: Fixing typo
Even though I use "Is anyone sitting here?", depending on the situation I have a response which, in my opinion at least, is quite amusing. If someone asks me the question, I sometimes say either "Yes, my invisible friend" or (in a hushed and slightly high-pitched voice) "Yes, a teeny tiny micro-person!"
Sometimes I question my own sanity.
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