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    just cut in front of me

    Hi.

    I was waiting in a line and someone suddenly appeared in front of me, wanting to jump the queue. I then said "You just cut in front of me".

    I wonder if it's natural.

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    Re: just cut in front of me

    No, because they haven't actually carried out that action yet.
    Try:
    "Excuse me! There's a queue here, if you hadn't noticed".

    Assuming that they did actually do it, then your sentence would be fine.
    In that case, consider also:
    "You've (just) jumped the queue".

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    Re: just cut in front of me

    If they "appeared in front' of you", then they obviously "cut in front" of you. So, yes, correct and natural.

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    Re: just cut in front of me

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Hi.

    I was waiting in a line and someone suddenly appeared in front of me, wanting to jump jumping the queue. I then said "You just cut in front of me".

    I wonder if it's natural.
    If they were in front of you, they had already jumped the queue.

    BrE speakers might say "You just pushed in in front of me!" (That would be the polite version! )
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: just cut in front of me

    As an AmE speaker, the use of "pushed" in that context would imply that there was physical contact.

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    Re: just cut in front of me

    Quote Originally Posted by Yankee View Post
    As an AmE speaker, the use of "pushed" in that context would imply that there was physical contact.
    It's not "pushed" though. It's "pushed in" - phrasal verb.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: just cut in front of me

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It's not "pushed" though. It's "pushed in" - phrasal verb.
    Right. That doesn't suggest physical contact to my American ears.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: just cut in front of me

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Right. That doesn't suggest physical contact to my American ears.
    Well, my AmE(ars) sense otherwise.

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    Re: just cut in front of me

    The reference section of UE shows "push in" as used internationally. See HERE.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: just cut in front of me

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    Assuming that they did actually do it, then your sentence would be fine.
    In that case, consider also:
    "You've (just) jumped the queue".
    Or, less confrontationally:

    Excuse me. Are you aware that the line starts back there?

    (As an AmE speaker, I use "line" rather than "queue.")

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