If a teacher asks her students to line up (or form a line), will it be equally natural to express this idea this way:

Please make a line.

Please stand in a line.

Is the use of "make/stand" natural or unnatural? And is it common?

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    Either seems acceptable to me. You could also use "Please form a line". – achAmháin May 16 '19 at 15:35
  • Those are quite acceptable. "Form a line" is good, as is "Queue up." – Justin Stafford May 16 '19 at 15:39
  • "Everybody get in line" is also good, but a bit informal. "Get in line" has a bit of an air of rudeness, though. It is even worse without the "Everybody" before it to spread it out. – Justin Stafford May 16 '19 at 15:42

Either is acceptable, as is "Form a line", or perhaps "Get in line" (though that is rather direct).

If the purpose of the line is to wait in turn for something you could also use "Queue" as "Make a queue", or "Queue up for (something)"

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