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    Default The goods are waiting for you to collect (them),

    Hello all forum members!

    I would like to ask you which version is correct.

    The goods are waiting for you to collect (them).

    or

    The goods are waiting for you to collect.

    I think the second sentence is correct.

    Thank you.

    The general idea is that "The goods are waiting until/till you collect them.

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    Default Re: The goods are waiting for you to collect (them),

    Neither is very natural.
    The goods are ready to be picked up.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: The goods are waiting for you to collect (them),

    Are these sentences "The goods are waiting for you to collect (them)" or "The goods are waiting for you to collect" understandable to/understood by native speakers?

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    Default Re: The goods are waiting for you to collect (them),

    Yes, but as Barb said, they are unnatural.

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    Default Re: The goods are waiting for you to collect (them),

    You could also say, "The goods are ready for collection".

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    Default Re: The goods are waiting for you to collect (them),

    I agree with the recent comments in saying that neither of these sentences are natural sounding.

    My version:
    The goods are waiting for you to be collected.

    What about it? I would be interested in a native speaker's opinion.

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    Default Re: The goods are waiting for you to collect (them),

    No. That's completely different.

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    Default Re: The goods are waiting for you to collect (them),

    Quote Originally Posted by geri96 View Post
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    The goods are waiting for you to be collected..
    It's not just different, it's wrong.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: The goods are waiting for you to collect (them),

    Quote Originally Posted by geri96 View Post
    The goods are waiting for you to be collected.
    No. Your sentence doesn't make sense. "... waiting for you to be collected" means "... waiting for someone to come and collect you!"
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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