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    Is this seat free vs Is anybody sitting here

    1. Is this seat free?
    2. Is anybody sitting here?

    Which of the above sentences is more commly used by native speakers?

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    Re: Is this seat free vs Is anybody sitting here

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    1. Is this seat free?
    2. Is anybody sitting here?

    Which of the above sentences is more commly used by native speakers?

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    Probably the second - maybe. They're both OK.

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    Re: Is this seat free vs Is anybody sitting here

    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.

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    Re: Is this seat free vs Is anybody sitting here

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    'Is anybody sitting here?' is a daft question when they clearly aren't.
    I agree that it doesn't stand up to logical analysis, but people say it.

    Actually, it's not even that illogical when we recall that the present progressive can be used for something that is going on in the limited present, though not necessarily at the present moment.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 27-Nov-2013 at 10:30. Reason: Fixing typo

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    Re: Is this seat free vs Is anybody sitting here

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

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