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"When you look from above, you see clearly that the pyramids of Giza are not on(*) a perfect line. They are ???"

Hi,
Please, how do you say when a string of things that should be perfectly arranged on a line is not?
I am looking for a very informal and casual term, please.
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(*) should I say "IN a perfect line"?
 

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"When you look from above, you see clearly that the pyramids of Giza are not on(*) a perfect line.
Thanks.

(*) should I say "IN a perfect line"?


I'm not a teacher, but I would say that whether formally, casually or informally, you should definitely use "in" here, not "on".
 

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thanks a lot.
as to the main question, what is you opinion, please?
thanks again.
 

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A casual way of saying it would be, 'they don't line up'

If you want to go for broke, how about:
the alignment of the pyramids is all skew-whiff
( you may see it written as 'skewwif'
 
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