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    Replace defective door handle to external door / Replace defective external door handle

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    Default Re: Which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Annecy View Post
    Replace defective door handle to external door / Replace defective external door handle
    You'll see the first on a builder's estimate (statement of work that needs to be done, and estimated costs); but this usage of 'to' is the jargon of that particular trade. Most people would say either the second version or the first - but with 'on' instead of 'to'.

    Some people may feel that there is some redundancy in the longer version (repeating "door"). But a builder would want to specify exactly which part of the 'door furniture' was to be replaced - the handle, the finger-plate, the letter-box, the plate covering the key-hole ... - so in formal usage I think the repetition is justified, as is the preposition; there may be a defective door handle on an internal door, and the builder wants to limit his commitment.

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