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So I've noticed there is usually a limit of how many pieces of clothing you bring in the changing room nowadays in clothing stores. I wonder what the staff usually say to the customers when the number of clothes they bring in exceeds the maximum.

Do the staff say like...?

you can only bring in up to 3 items of clothing

As a non native English speaking person, I’d like to know what sentences would sound natural in this case! Thanks

  • It varies quite widely depending on the store and its policies. I've encountered "You've got too many items; you'll have to leave some here" or "There's a max[imum] of «whatever the number is»" or "That's too many items". Some stores state a limit, but don't bother to enforce it, as well. – Jeff Zeitlin Aug 29 '19 at 11:07
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There are many ways to express this idea using “natural,” conversational English.

  • ✔️ Yes: That’s too many pieces. The limit is three.

  • ✔️ Yes: Sorry, you can’t bring {in} that many items. No more than three.

  • ✔️ Yes: Only three items, sorry.

  • ✔️ Yes: Just three items at a time. Store policy.

  • ✔️ Yes: Sorry, Sir (or Madam), we have a max of three items.

There are many ways to express this idea. In everyday conversation, you should expect to hear sentence fragments and sentences that aren’t grammatically “complete”:

  • 😐 Maybe: “Sorry, three, Max.”
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As explained in the comment, "sound natural" has two components here, and thus the question becomes difficult to answer. Many variations are correct grammar; but, however, would not sound correct in the context of that particular store or situation. The most natural-sounding would be a polite statement of the store policy.

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