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    Correct Grammar

    Which sentence is grammatically correct?

    Attached is the request for service form to use 100, 96-gallon trash barrels from the City.

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    Attached is the request for service form to use a 100, 96-gallon trash barrels from the City.

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    Re: Correct Grammar

    Welcome to the forum.

    1) Is the name of the form "Request for Service" or "Request for Service Form"?

    2) You definitely don't need "a".

    3) You don't need a comma after "100".

    4) Why have you capitalised "City"?

    5) "Trash barrels" sounds unnatural to me. In AmE, they're usually "trash cans" and in BrE, "rubbish bins".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Correct Grammar

    You've probably heard somebody say 'We need a hundred 96-gallon trash barrels'.

    We write '100' but say 'a hundred' or 'one hundred'.

    We don't write 'a 100'.

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    Please note that a better title would have been 100 or a 100 96-gallon trash barrels.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    Re: Correct Grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    5) "Trash barrels" sounds unnatural to me. In AmE, they're usually "trash cans" and in BrE, "rubbish bins".
    'Trash barrel' is a fairly common alternative for 'trash can' in AmE.

    Those 33/55/96 gallon drum barrels are often recycled into use as trash cans, by cutting off the top. They're especially common in city parks, lined with a trash bag.

    Rurally, the metal ones are sometimes even referred to as 'burn barrels', if you're burning your trash in them. Obviously you don't bother lining the burn barrels.

    Usually, there are some holes poked in them for drainage, or ventilation if you're using them as burn barrels.

    Said holes are most easily accomplished with a gun, but there's a line between ventilation and structural integrity.

    Edit:Even if it wasn't originally a drum barrel, the phrase 'trash barrel' is often used for the larger sized trash cans, whether they're round or square.
    Last edited by Skrej; 07-Jul-2015 at 20:34. Reason: more info

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