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    canadalynx is offline Member
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    Re: First come, first served

    Yes.
    That's why I was wondering if there were other phrases to convey the same meaning in different places.
    If I'm on the right track, I can say that "First come, first served" is a universally recognized policy based on fairness and can be used in both formal and informal registers.

    Thank you.

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    Re: First come, first served

    Two things. One, that one doesn't mean the same thing. Two, you won't need to know it unless you're going to Australia.
    Not a professional teacher

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    Re: First come, first served

    - Take a number.

    - Mind the queue.

    - You snooze, you lose.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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