How you say "Is this seat free?" In german
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For example like this:
Ist dieser Platz / Sitz frei?
Sitzt hier jemand?
You could as well ask if the seat is not free. From my experience I hear this a lot more on my daily commute to the office:
Sitzt hier schon jemand?
Which would mean something along this line: "Is someone already sitting here?" Or "Is this seat already taken?"