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    the fragment "that eable ....... around the trash bin"

    Hello everybody!

    It can also be applied to things like the "deposit rings" that are hung from public trash cans in the German city of Bamberg that enable people who collect bottles to make money to prevent having to rummage around the trash bin. Bottle collectors can make up to 25 cents a bottle when they turn them in at stores for their deposit.

    I my opinion, I may be wrong, it would be better to express the fragment "that enable people who collect bottles to make money to prevent having to rummage around the trash bin" as "that help prevent bottle collectors (from) rummaging around the trash bin".

    What do you think?

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/...-a-983683.html
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    Re: the fragment "that eable ....... around the trash bin"

    You could change it, but it means something different. The whole article is about helping people who want other people's junk - not to stop them rummaging in trashcans (which would have a different motivation), but to stop them having to rummage in trashcans.

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    Re: the fragment "that eable ....... around the trash bin"

    The original phrase is very clumsy. The phrase "that enable people who collect bottles to make money to prevent having to rummage around the trash bin" says that money prevents rummaging. The idea is that having bottles outside the trash bin prevents rummaging.

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    Re: the fragment "that eable ....... around the trash bin"

    Ugh. It's grammatical, but it's a confusing mess. I'd break it up and tighten it:

    "It can also be applied to things like the deposit rings hung from public trash cans in Bamberg, Germany. The rings let people collect bottles for the deposit money without having to rummage through trash."

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