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row- horizontal or vertical?

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  1. ladybugEnglishFan Senior Member

    Polish
    Hi! Does the word "row " mean that, for example, people are standing in a horizontal or vertrical way? And, if one of them, how do you say the other?
    Thanks.
     
  2. Tazzler Senior Member

    Maryland
    American English
    It can go either way depending on the perspective, but it is generally horizontal. In some cases, the opposite would be a column (like on a Bingo sheet for example).
     
  3. Thomas Veil Senior Member

    English - USA
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    Are you imagining people in a line, and trying to distinguish between facing a direction perpendicular to the line, as opposed to parallel? For the former, it would be a "row" or "rank", or you can say they're standing "side by side". For the latter, it would be a "line", "queue", "file", or "column". "Row" is occasionally used for the latter, however.
     
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2010
  4. grubble

    grubble Senior Member

    South of England, UK
    British English
    :):):):) Row 2
    :):):):) Row 1
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  5. ladybugEnglishFan Senior Member

    Polish
    Thank you all!!
     

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