'Be in Line' or 'Be in the Line'

When talking about a row of people or things, we normally say "be in line" (without "the").

When talking about a row of people or things, we normally say "be in line" (without "the").

Are you in line? Yes, we are in line.

You can use "the" or another determiner (a, this, those, etc.) to identify or quantify the noun in sentences like these:

Although the line is long, it's moving at a steady pace.

It's a short line.

But omit the article to say "be in line", "stand in line", or "wait in line".

My friend is standing in line at the coffee shop.

We also use the expression "cut in line" (without "the") when someone goes in front of other people who are waiting in line.

Please don't cut in line!

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