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    #1

    the trash can fell to the floor, would you please help set it upright"?

    Dear teachers,

    One day I found the trash can "lying" on the floor. I wanted my son's help. I know this is probably not correct, could you help me check:

    "The trash can fell on the floor. Could you please set it upright"?

    Thanks!
    Harriet
    Last edited by harriet_yang; 12-Aug-2014 at 09:25.

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    Re: the trash can fell to the floor, would you please help set it upright"?

    'The trash can fell over. Could you please set it upright?'

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    #3

    Re: the trash can fell to the floor, would you please help set it upright"?

    In BrE, "The rubbish bin has fallen over. Can you pick it up/stand it up please?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: the trash can fell to the floor, would you please help set it upright"?

    Hi, Harriet! You don't want quotation marks around lying, either.

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