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    Smile Does this sentence sound Natural? Every year schools only throw about'

    Hello everyone,

    Does this sentence sound natural?


    Every year, schools only throw about seventy thousands bottle, paper and cans. To tackle this problem, we should place bins in places where rubbish are thrown excessively so that we can sort it out and give them to the local factory, which can take advantage of.

    What's the name of the man who clean the streets?


    Thanks in advance.
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    I wish I had better English, but I work hard to improve it. I'm studying for IGCSE, so I'm only interested in BrE.

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    Re: Does this sentence sound Natural? Every year schools only throw about'

    Your sentences (there are two of them) do not sound natural.

    A street cleaner.

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    Re: Does this sentence sound Natural? Every year schools only throw about'

    Quote Originally Posted by saloom2 View Post

    Every year, Schools only throw about seventy thousands bottle, paper and cans. To tackle this problem, we should place box in places where those precious rubbish are thrown excessively so that we can sort it out and grant them to the local factory, which it can take advantage of.
    I have marked in red each error. These include errors in choice of verb, singular/plural, choice of word and word order.




    Your question should read "What's the name of the man who cleans the streets?" In answer to that question, in my area, he's called Pete.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Does this sentence sound Natural? Every year schools only throw about'

    Done, but I don't know what use instead of precious.
    I wish I had better English, but I work hard to improve it. I'm studying for IGCSE, so I'm only interested in BrE.

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    Re: Does this sentence sound Natural? Every year schools only throw about'

    What do you mean by schools "throwing" paper and cans? Seventy thousand what? Why is that "only"?

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    Re: Does this sentence sound Natural? Every year schools only throw about'

    "Throw" was one of the verbs I marked in red. It is the wrong verb. You could use "discard" but there is a more commonly used choice. It is a phrasal verb. The first word is "throw" and it is followed by a preposition. Can you work out what it is?
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    Re: Does this sentence sound Natural? Every year schools only throw about'

    I mean from only schools. You know throw rubbish into bins and then school threw it away. Instead, school should take advantage of it.
    I wish I had better English, but I work hard to improve it. I'm studying for IGCSE, so I'm only interested in BrE.

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    Re: Does this sentence sound Natural? Every year schools only throw about'

    I can't find a way to help you guess this part so I will tell you. "Every year, schools alone [insert the phrasal verb I talked about in post #6] seventy thousand bottles, cans and pieces of paper.
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    Re: Does this sentence sound Natural? Every year schools only throw about'

    Well, get rid of, throw away, take away/off. it's nice that you have asked me that question. Even though I know the word pretty well, I don't know why I haven't used it. It always happens to me every time I write.
    I wish I had better English, but I work hard to improve it. I'm studying for IGCSE, so I'm only interested in BrE.

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    Re: Does this sentence sound Natural? Every year schools only throw about'

    Quote Originally Posted by saloom2 View Post
    Well, get rid of, throw away, take away/off. it's nice that you have asked me that question. Even though I know the word pretty well, I don't know why I haven't used it. It always happens to me every time I write.
    "Get rid of" is OK if a little informal. "Take away/off" do not work at all. "Throw away" is what I was trying to lead you to. Well done.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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