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    Material List

    Hello everyone!
    What is "material list" in AmE?

    Why I'm asking is because we got a list of items entitled "Material List" from the U.S. side. In fact these items are components of a certain system rather than materials. After googling I found out that "Material Lists" sometimes stand for lists of items for school children (like, say, pencils, markers, notebooks etc.).
    Please, explain to me how wide is the meaning of the term "Material List".
    Can it also stand for a list of equipment or other things?

    Thank you
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    Re: Material List

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack8rkin View Post
    Hello everyone!
    What is "material list" in AmE?

    Why I'm asking is because we got a list of items entitled "Material List" from the U.S. side. In fact these items are components of a certain system rather than materials. After googling I found out that "Material Lists" are sometimes stand for lists of items for school children (like, say, pencils, markers, notebooks etc.).
    Please, explain to me how wide is the meaning of the term "Material List".
    Can it also stand for a list of equipment or other things?

    Thank you
    Yes. It is normally used for equipment for, for example, builders. The materials needed are: bricks, mortar, cement, water, trowel etc. However, I have seen it used for lists of anything that needs to be bought/brought.

    As another example, if you sign up to an education course, you might see "You will be provided with the following materials: course books, textbooks, notebooks, CDs, a dictionary, pens, pencils".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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