standing in the front of the line?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by askxkti, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. askxkti Senior Member

    korean
    Hi,

    I have a question.
    You are in line at the cash registration;

    XXXXXXO [cash registration]

    O is where you are standing and Xes are other people. Also, you can see where the cash registration is.

    How do you say 'you are the first person in the line'??
    I'm standing in the front of the line?

    Also, do you say 'people are in line' or 'people are in a line'?

    Thank you
     
  2. heypresto

    heypresto Senior Member

    South East England
    English - England
    I'm standing in the front of the line/queue. :cross:
    I'm standing at the front of the line/queue. :tick:

    In this context, we BE speakers would call it a 'queue'.
     
  3. dojibear Senior Member

    Fresno CA
    English - Northeast US
    I agree with heypresto. Since I speak AE, I call it a line, not a queue.

    Note that the thing is "a line", so people are in "a line". But there is an adjective "in line" which is also used.

    So all of these are correct:

    I'm standing at the front of the line.
    I'm the first person in line.
    I'm the first person in the line.
    I'm the next person in line (the next to be waited on).
    People are in line. (they are lined up)
    People are in a line.
    There are seven people in the line.
     
  4. askxkti Senior Member

    korean
    Thank you so much!!!!!!
    Your answer is really helpful!
     
  5. askxkti Senior Member

    korean
    Thank you!
    Queue sounds new to me :)
     

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