You're sitting in the window seat in coach on an airplane. You need to go to the restroom, but the person sitting next to you is taking up too much space and you can't get out. You say to him:
Excuse me. Can I slide past you?
This is what you say to strangers to get their attention:
The "e" at the beginning is unstressed, so sometimes it sounds like "Scuze me"
This is a polite question to ask when you need to get into a place that's being blocked by someone's body. Some other examples of situations that you can use this in are:
- when you're walking through a crowd of people.
- when you need to walk past people sitting in your row to get to your seat in a theater.
"Can I slide past you?" is a friendly way to ask this. It sounds friendly because the word "slide" sounds so smooth and easy. It's like you're saying, "Can I go past you quietly and without bothering you much?"
If you're more annoyed or if you're a loud and aggressive person, you can ask like this:
Can I get by?
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