One thing that comes to my mind is "Please, come in" or just "Please" (this is what I use mostly). Come in suggests me that you are standing in a room, but what if you are in a corridor?

What do you say in these cases? Formal or informal. Would be great if you could bring a few examples of what you say to your friends jokingly, like is it possible to say something like "fly in" or something along these lines? :) Thank you.

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    "go on in" if you're in the corridor with the person. "come on in" if you're inside the room.
    – user428517
    May 26, 2015 at 20:05
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    ...or are you asking for them to move out of the way so you can go past? (More or less what "Give way" means.)
    – Adam
    May 26, 2015 at 20:06
  • The title is confusing, and it's not grammatical.
    – user6951
    May 26, 2015 at 22:30
  • @pazzo, How to rename it then? You want to say a person that they can go/come on in first.
    – Arman
    May 27, 2015 at 6:32

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If you're just standing about by the door, blocking someone else from going through, obviously you should apologise while moving out of the way, so Pardon me or Excuse me would seem reasonable. Unless you want to make a virtue of being there, saying Allow me [to open the door] as you open it.

If you also intend to go through the door, After you as you step aside. Depending on the situation you might say Ladies first or Age before beauty, but these are often somewhat facetious usages today.

  • +1 for "After you." As for "age before beauty," that one mostly works when the person you are deferring to is older than you.
    – J.R.
    May 26, 2015 at 21:21
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    @J.R. I'd be hesitant to use 'age before beauty' with anyone other than a good friend, or a colleague of very similar age - certainly not with someone who is clearly older… nor the boss ;) May 27, 2015 at 8:23
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    @Tetsujin - Great point. I've only heard this used among jovial friends, and usually the person making the remark is only a few years younger . The remark is intended to be a good-natured jab at that person's age, as if it were more like a decade or more, when in fact it's more likely just a year or two.
    – J.R.
    May 27, 2015 at 10:07
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    @Tetsujin, J.R.: I can certainly imagine me saying Ladies first (semi-facetiously, with a smile) as I defer to a woman of any age re access to a door, seat, serving counter, etc. And I'm sure are at least some people in some circumstances would use it sincerely. I agree the Age before beauty one must always be at least partly jocular/light-hearted (although it's a bit of a cliche, it was always intended to be witty, not formal, polite). But a younger woman might still say it to an older one (future mother-in-law, during first meeting?) with at least some sincerity. May 27, 2015 at 11:54

If you simply mean to say that the person should go inside, while you're standing outside, you can use:

Go on in

These are similar expressions, but these mean that someone should move further in the direction he/she was going, not necessarily enter a specific place:

Go ahead



If you want to go in after them I would say "after you", otherwise I would say "this way(, please)". In either case, I would move my hand and point into the doors.

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