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    "Are you in the line?"

    "Are you in line?"

    Which one is more correct when one asks someone else if he/she is in the queue? I've found both on Cae but I am not sure they mean the same.

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    Hi jctgf

    Both are of your sentences are possible in AmE as questions about whether someone is part of a queue, but "Are you in line?" would be far more probable.

    You can use 'the line' to refer to a specific line/queue or a certain kind of line/queue. For example:

    - Why do I always seem to end up in the slowest line?
    - Somewhere in the line behind me, someone started complaining loudly.

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    Re: line

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    "Are you in the line?"

    "Are you in line?"

    Which one is more correct when one asks someone else if he/she is in the queue? I've found both on Cae but I am not sure they mean the same.

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    (not a teacher)
    Here, the line refers to be a part of a referred or particular queue or a waiting process.

    In line can be used about having the same ideas, Like "Obama's speech was in line with his party's policies." Here, the context is also material to form an opinion. Else, the general meaning of "are you in line" would mean a queue depending on the circumstances.

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    thanks a lot.
    I actually thought it was the other way round, i.g., ''in the line'' was the most common expression.
    it proves that it's always a good idea to ask a question when one is in doubt!
    thanks again.

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    Re: line

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    "Are you in the line?"

    "Are you in line?"

    Which one is more correct when one asks someone else if he/she is in the queue? I've found both on Cae but I am not sure they mean the same.

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    To me, they express the same thing--notably, is this the line?

    [1] Are you in line?
    Interpretation: Are you waiting (in line)? or Is this the line?

    [2] Are you in the line?
    Interpretation: Is this the line?

    I wouldn't use [2] to ask someone if they were waiting, as the phrase 'in the line' already implies that they are waiting.

    (Perhaps someone might be able to come up with a situation where [2] is possible with the meaning "Are you waiting?")

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    Re: line

    hi,
    the full question could be "are you waiting in [the] line?", as you have suggested.
    suppose that I arrive at a place and I need to talk to someone but there is a line to reach this person.
    at the end of the line there is a guy who is not clearly or correctly positioned.
    I am not sure if I should stand behind or in front of him and then I ask the question above just to make sure I doing the right thing.
    using "the" in this question is uncommon and doesn't sound natural, right?
    thanks.

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    Re: line

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    [S]uppose that I arrive at a place and I need to talk to someone but there is a line to reach this person. [A]t the end of the line there is a guy who is not clearly or correctly positioned. I am not sure if I should stand behind or in front of him and then I ask ... .
    You'd ask, "Is this the line?", or "Are you in (the) line?" meaning is this where we line up?

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    Hi jctgf

    I agree with Soup.

    In the situation you described in your last post, I'd say that you might hear people use either "Are you in line" OR "Are you in the line", but I think the former would be more common.

    I'd also say it would depend on whether the speaker's focus is very generally "Is this the place where I should wait?" OR whether the speaker is more focused on defining the line itself (i.e. "Are you part of the line?" / "Are you the person at the end of the line?").

    Hope that helps.

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    Re: line

    (not a teacher) You can also ask "Is this the queue for.... " or simply "Is this the queue?"
    instead of lining up, which is more confusing.

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    If I waked into a bank for instance, wishing to do some of my business at the counter, and a queue 'got into my way' - I'd approach that last person in it (the line) and address them with ''Are you in the line?''.
    Why? - Because I would be referring to a specific line.

    I may have given my opinion as a repetition of another one, as I haven't perused through the topic.
    I'm sorry in advance!

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