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    #1

    is the toilet free?

    Hi,

    I heard in a British comedy a man asks "Is the toilet free?" Does he mean there is no one in the toilet? The conversation takes place in a house.

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    #2

    Re: is the toilet free?

    Sort of—it means 'Is there anyone in the toilet?'

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    #3

    Re: is the toilet free?

    Yes, it means "Is it vacant?" or "Is it available for me to use?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: is the toilet free?

    Or if it's a comedy, maybe he's asking if you must pay to use it .

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