When I am in the changing room, sometimes others knock on the door to check whether the room is empty. As a non-native English speaker, I am curious what do you respond in this case?

I tried to say "I am here!" or "yes?", but I think it is kind of strange. So what do you usually say?

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    Sorry, Mate! There's no toilet paper in this one either.
    – Sander
    Aug 5, 2013 at 8:20

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I would say "occupied".

It probably doesn't matter too much what you say, as long as you don't indicate that you want a response. So, I think "Yes?" is inappropriate, but "I am here" is probably okay (if somewhat unusual).

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    One might also try something like, "I'll be out in a moment." That allows the person knocking to realize the room is occupied, but maybe seems a little more polite. There's no getting around it, though, there's going to be a little bit of awkwardness no matter what get said.
    – J.R.
    Aug 5, 2013 at 1:44
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    @J.R.: Curiously, although obviously I'm a native speaker, I might sometimes shout something like "Occupado!" in such a situation. If only to distance myself from that "awkwardness" by briefly affecting a different persona. Aug 5, 2013 at 2:47
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    Not that it's wrong, but "occupied" sounds a bit stiff to me. I prefer to say "Just a minute please."
    – BobRodes
    Aug 5, 2013 at 3:37
  • Depends on who comes a-knocking ;)
    – mplungjan
    Aug 5, 2013 at 6:13
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    @FumbleFingers Ocupado has one "c" in Spanish Sep 21, 2013 at 5:11

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