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    which one is correct?

    We shall arrange the trucking / truck collect the goods

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    Re: which one is correct?

    Not a teacher.
    I think "truck" is the correct answer for your question. One of its meanings is "a vehicle that is open at the back, used for carrying goods, soldiers, animals, etc.", fits the sentence.

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    #3

    Re: which one is correct?

    We shall arrange for the truck to collect the goods.
    We shall arrange the truck to collect the goods.

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    #4

    Re: which one is correct?

    Hi Zoe

    I agree with fivejedjon but with one possible modification - if you agreeing to arrange the necessary trucking requirements (as you seem to be suggesting by suggesting the word "trucking") rather than a very specific truck then I would use "a truck" rather than "the truck".

    Hope this helps
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    PS Have just noticed your use of the word "shall".

    It may be considered purely personal preference, but, over the years, in contractual terms, I always use "shall" for what others (Contractors/Suppliers) "must" do and [a less mandatory] "will" for anything that we, as the client, will normally do as part of an agreement - such as:

    "[You, the] Contractor shall be responsible for all customs clearance services. [We, the] Client will, on request, provide an appropriate letter confirming that the goods are being imported/exported on our behalf."

    Use of the [mandatory] word "shall" tends to suggest that if we decided to ship the goods other than by using a "truck" (e.g. by courier or anything that could be referred to other than as a "truck"), we could, strictly, be in breach of the agreement.

    I use "may" when providing others with an option where they can decide which option works best for them.

    The difference in nuances is slight, but, if you use the terms consistently, people get to know the clear distinctions you are making.

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    Re: which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Route21 View Post
    if you are agreeing to arrange the necessary trucking requirements [...] rather than a very specific truck then I would use "a truck" rather than "the truck".
    I see your point. I assumed that the use of a truck had previously been discussed, in which case 'the' would be fine. With no further context, 'a' is better.

    I also see your point about 'shall'. Being (in my private life) a 'shall/will future' person, I took Zoe's 'shall' as a simple, if somewhat old-fashioned, future.

    Zoe, R21's comments do make the point that only full context would make a really sound answer possible.

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