I cannot find out how can I specify a person in a queue, his turn.

I've produced just the sentences below:

the student whose turn came

the student who has the current turn

I wonder that which one is true and is there a better way?

  • The first/second/third/etc. student in line, maybe? Or the student at the head of the line? I'm not sure if either of those is what you want, exactly. Sorry, I'm American; we tend to say line instead of queue but I'm not sure if it refers to what you're thinking of! – stangdon Apr 3 '17 at 12:09
  • How would the phrase be used? Are we referring to a student still waiting, or not? (in my mind, a student being served is no longer in the queue at all) – Tim S. Apr 3 '17 at 12:26
  • @stangdon, I meant the student the first in a line. And I guess your proposal is what I search for. (the student at the head of the line) - So thank you a lot. – efkan Apr 3 '17 at 16:59

Your sentences do get the point across, but they both seem a bit clunky to me. Depending on how the phrase is used in context, something like this might work...

the student currently being seen (or served or helped)

the student at the front of the queue

the first in the queue

I'll note that I'm an American English speaker, and we use the word line where others use queue, so it's possible I am misusing queue somewhat.

  • Queue is BrE. You aren't misusing it. – SovereignSun Apr 3 '17 at 14:27
  • Thanks for your answer. ı want to specify a student who is at the front of the queue and "would be served". – efkan Apr 3 '17 at 17:07

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