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free/open seat  
anonymous, 2014-05-14, 09:18  like dislike  Spam?  81.200.198...
Does one look for a "free" or "open" seat on a train/bus?
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Free (or vacant)  #755215
von Catesse (AU), 2014-05-14, 09:22  like dislike  Spam?  
Definitely not "open".
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or    not taken / occupied .....  #755217
von sunfunlili (DE/GB), 2014-05-14, 09:48  like dislike  Spam?  
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von uffie (GH/KI), 2014-05-14, 09:50  like dislike  Spam?  
 #755218
In the UK you'd ask "is this seat taken?" (even if it's empty)
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You would look for a free or empty seat, but ask if the seat is taken (I agree with the posts above).  #755223
von Lllama (GB/AT), 2014-05-14, 10:02  like dislike  Spam?  
Google: "empty seat" bus OR train
Google: "free seat" bus OR train

Empty is probably more informal/colloquial than free, and vacant is the most formal.
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von Windfall (GB), Last modified: 2014-05-14, 10:30  like dislike  Spam?  
 #755228
I ask "is this seat free?". I think that's becoming more common nowadays. Generally, as an answer people will either look uncomfortable, say "sorry" and put their hand over the seat (which means the seat is not free) or will look uncomfortable, mumble something and gesture towards the seat with their palm facing upward (which means you can sit there).
London is full of people who don't speak English very well or who don't hear very well and public transport is quite loud, so I find a lot of this is done by gesture and mumbling. The easiest way is to say "errm", point towards the seat and look hopeful.
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That's true :-)  #755233
von Lllama (GB/AT), 2014-05-14, 10:52  like dislike  Spam?  
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free (not in this case), empty, vacant, taken, occupied ...  #755256
von valandk (IT/CA), 2014-05-14, 13:06  like dislike  Spam?  
Is this seat taken? I would ask if a purse lies on the seat next to a lady sitting on the bus, and no other seat is vacant or empty, maybe even not occupied.  Now, it is a sad sight to look at a theater full of empty seats ...

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