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    Hello,

    Could someone tell me if the highlighted part of the sentence is correct in terms of vocabulary?

    In my country people collect garbage in 4 categories (plastic, metal, glass and paper).

    Thank you,
    heyt

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    #2

    Re: collect garbage

    Quote Originally Posted by heyt View Post
    Hello,

    Could someone tell me if the highlighted part of the sentence is correct in terms of vocabulary?

    In my country people collect garbage in 4 categories (plastic, metal, glass and paper).

    Thank you,
    heyt
    Hello,

    In terms of vocabulary, it is fine. Personally, I would replace the number '4' with its word equivalent 'four'.

    Cheers

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    #3

    Re: collect garbage

    Thank you, I meant ot express that we put garbage into these categories in order to recycle it.

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    #4

    Re: collect garbage

    I assume what you are trying to say is:

    In my country, people separate garbage into four categories (plastic, metal, glass and paper) ready for disposal.

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    #5

    Re: collect garbage

    In my country, items for recycling are collected in four categories: a, b, c, and d.

    The garbage is not usable. The recycled items are.

    I would not use garbage.

    Solid waste is another option.
    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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    #6

    Re: collect garbage

    It's still garbage to me. You have no use for it. You are not being paid for sorting it into categories. Rather, you are under a mandate from the government to sort it.

    I would say that garbage is sorted into four categories.

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    #7

    Re: collect garbage

    Except that none of those categories is just plain "garbage" (landfill or incinerator bound).

    The more I think about it, I'd go with solid waste or trash.
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    #8

    Re: collect garbage

    Rubbish.

    (Not your post, Barb - my word for trash.)

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    #9

    Re: collect garbage

    Wouldn't it be better to say that people sort/separate 4 categories of rubbish, because they would also have other rubbish, like kitchen waste.

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    #10

    Re: collect garbage

    I love the way it sounds when a British speaker says "rubbish" as a dismissive response. There's no way it would ever sound natural here.
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