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    What do native speakers say when someone cuts in line?

    How do native speakers say when you're lining up and someone cuts in line? Are the following natural?

    1. Pardon me. I am in line here.

    2. The end of the line is over there.

    3. Please line up.
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    Re: How do native speakers say when someone cuts in line?

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    How What do native speakers say when you're lining up and someone cuts in line? Are the following natural?

    1. Pardon me. I am in line here.

    2. The end of the line is over there.

    3. Please line up.
    2 is OK.
    1 isn't something a native speaker would say. I might say "Excuse me, I was here first".
    3 isn't something a native speaker would say. "Please join the back of the queue/line" is more likely. (BrE = queue; AmE = line)

    All your suggestions are relatively polite. I would say "Oy, don't push in!" (Again, a BrE vs AmE difference - BrE doesn't use "cut in".)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: How do native speakers say when someone cuts in line?

    What I would say is unprintable.

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    Re: What do native speakers say when someone cuts in line?

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post

    2. The end of the line is over there.
    I would use 'back there' instead of 'over there', while gesturing over my shoulder.
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    Re: What do native speakers say when someone cuts in line?

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post

    1. Pardon Excuse me. I'm am waiting in line here.
    The above is okay too.

    You could also say "There's actually a queue here."

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    Re: What do native speakers say when someone cuts in line?

    What American native speakers would say varies dramatically by their location. Here in the self-effacing Midwest you might hear something like "'Scuse me! The line starts back there!" In New York City, the first words would be more likely to be "Hey buddy," and the rest would be unprintable.
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    Re: What do native speakers say when someone cuts in line?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    In New York City, the first words would be more likely to be "Hey buddy," and the rest would be unprintable.
    I've always found New Yorkers to be much more polite and patient than they're often stereotyped as.

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    Re: What do native speakers say when someone cuts in line?

    I found 'jump the queue' at http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/jump-the-queue, but I don't know whether native speakers would say it.
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    Re: What do native speakers say when someone cuts in line?

    Substitute 'line' for 'queue' and it would work in AmE.
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    Re: What do native speakers say when someone cuts in line?

    "Jump the queue" is a common phrase in BrE. However, and I can't explain why, I would probably use it if I were relating a story to someone else ("That guy over there just jumped the queue!") but I wouldn't say it directly to the person who had jumped the queue. That's when I would say something like "Oy, get to the back of the queue!"
    At theme parks in the UK, where there are frequently queues over an hour long to get on a ride, there are regular signs along the length of the queue that say "No queue jumping".
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