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  1. Yourjones
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    What is their marching formation?

    Hi,

    If they walk like this in a narrow alley, they will block the way.

    1. What should I say they are walking if I do not want to use "shoulder by shoulder"?
    2. Can I say "others will not be able to 'pass through' if they walk like this in a narrow alley"?

    Thanks.
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    Re: What is their marching formation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Yourjones View Post
    Hi,

    If they walk like this in a narrow alley, they will block the way.

    1. What should I say they are walking if I do not want to use "shoulder by shoulder"?
    2. Can I say "others will not be able to 'pass through' if they walk like this in a narrow alley"?

    Thanks.
    If their arms were entwined, you could say "arm in arm". As the picture appears to me, "shoulder to shoulder" is the best description. One could also say "side by side".

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    Re: What is their marching formation?

    And you could say that others will not be able to get past.

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    Re: What is their marching formation?

    Note that marching is an odd choice. They are walking.
    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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    Re: What is their marching formation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Note that marching is an odd choice. They are walking.
    If they are protesting, they may well be marching.

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    Re: What is their marching formation?

    They are walking/standing/marching in line abreast.

    The expression derives from that formation of ships or aircraft.

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    Re: What is their marching formation?

    In AmE, we usually specify three abreast, four abreast, etc.

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    Re: What is their marching formation?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    In AmE, we usually specify three abreast, four abreast, etc.
    We do the same.

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    Re: What is their marching formation?

    I was going to suggest 'walking four abreast' but I see Rover and Mike have given something similar.

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