When someone knocks on the bathroom door

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sukiepoodle

Member
Japanese
Hi.
When someone knocks on the bathroom door while you’re in there, what would you say?

“I’m in” or “Someone is in”? Or “Someone in”?
Can I say, "Occupied"?

Any other phrases would be appreciated!
 
  • suzi br

    Senior Member
    English / England
    The exact wording doesn't matter much.

    I usually say "It's occupied" and, incidentally, I never apologise for being in there!
     

    Sparky Malarky

    Moderator
    English - US
    You can just say "hello," for that matter. The point is that you're letting the person know you're there. I never apologise either, but I usually do promise to hurry. "Be right out!" "Be out in a minute!"
     

    sukiepoodle

    Member
    Japanese
    Thank you, all. It really helps.
    By the way, in Japan, we often knock back without saying anything.
    Do you do the same in the U.S. or Britain?
    Sorry if this is not an appropriate question because it's not about the language.
     

    Egmont

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    ... in Japan, we often knock back without saying anything.
    Do you do the same in the U.S. ...
    I've never done it, but part of the reason is that it can be hard to reach the door and knock from the place where I might sit (or stand, as I'm male) in a bathroom. That varies from one bathroom to another, of course.
     

    sdgraham

    Senior Member
    USA English
    Thank you, all. It really helps.
    By the way, in Japan, we often knock back without saying anything.
    Do you do the same in the U.S. or Britain?
    Not only do we not do it, but it could be considered quite rude and insulting and I suggest you not do it over here ... particularly if you're in the loo at a truck stop and it's a big, burly truck driver knocking at the door.
     
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