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Hacemos cola.

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Instant Immersion Spanish translates this as: "We are standing in line."

The site dictionary says:

hacer o guardar cola -> to queue (up) (British), to stand in line (United States)

me tuve que poner a la cola -> I had to join the end of the queue o (British) line (United States)

So does "hacer cola" mean "to stand in line," while "poner cola" means "to get in line"? If not, how do you differentiate the two?

P.S. No queues here, only lines. wink

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updated OCT 21, 2008
posted by Natasha

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Erika Barrera said:

poner cola, is used to say something likeVamos a ponerle cola a mi marido. wich means, We are going to send someone to follow my husband.it's usually to say you will be getting someone to follow a person, but is more like a mexican street talk, ok.

Ah, como ponerle un detective. Vaya, eso en España no se dice.

cut the line: colarse

a line-cutter : un colador (jeje, BROMA!!)

También decimos: saltarse la cola

updated OCT 21, 2008
posted by 00494d19
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poner cola, is used to say something like
Vamos a ponerle cola a mi marido. wich means, We are going to send someone to follow my husband.
it's usually to say you will be getting someone to follow a person, but is more like a mexican street talk, ok.

updated OCT 20, 2008
posted by Erika-Barrera
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Thanks. Wish I'd known all this back when I was assigned to high school cafeteria duty!

updated OCT 20, 2008
posted by Natasha
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lazarus1907 said:

Natasha said:

Cool! And then what if I need to add: "Don't cut in line!"

"Don't cut in line! = ¡No te cueles!

Ah, yes, I had forgotten about colarse.

updated OCT 20, 2008
posted by 00bacfba
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There are probably several ways to say it, but I would say "No te metas en la cola."

updated OCT 20, 2008
posted by 00bacfba
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Natasha said:

Cool! And then what if I need to add: "Don't cut in line!"

"Don't cut in line! = ¡No te cueles!

colarse
7. (pronominal, coloqial) Introducirse a escondidas o sin permiso en alguna parte.
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updated OCT 20, 2008
posted by lazarus1907
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James Santiago said:

By the way, Natasha, to say "Get in line!," you can use "Ponte a la cola" (or, Ponte al final de la cola). And "Hey, I was here first" is "Oye, yo estaba antes."

Useful the next time you need to scold a line-cutter in Spanish. wink

Cool! And then what if I need to add: "Don't cut in line!"

updated OCT 20, 2008
posted by Natasha
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By the way, Natasha, to say "Get in line!," you can use "Ponte a la cola" (or, Ponte al final de la cola). And "Hey, I was here first" is "Oye, yo estaba antes."

Useful the next time you need to scold a line-cutter in Spanish. wink

updated OCT 20, 2008
posted by 00bacfba
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lazarus1907 said:

I've never heard "poner cola", but "hacer cola" means "to stand in line", whereas "ponerse a la cola" means "to join the queue". So, "Te pones a la cola, y entonces te quedas haciendo cola".

Thanks!

(You couldn't resist mixing the British and American usages, could you'!)

updated OCT 20, 2008
posted by Natasha
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I've never heard "poner cola", but "hacer cola" means "to stand in line", whereas "ponerse a la cola" means "to join the queue". So, "Te pones a la cola, y entonces te quedas haciendo cola".

updated OCT 20, 2008
posted by lazarus1907
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