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    the time that/when

    Do you know the time that/when the trash truck comes by our house?

    Hi,
    The above is also another sentence from a grammar book here. According to the traditional grammar which I learned at school, the correct answer is "when" but the grammar book says both are acceptable. Is it right? Thanks,

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    Re: the time that/when

    "Do you know when the trash truck comes by our house?" That's what I'd say.
    The '/' punctuation is very unfortunate unless it only separates two words. Is the first choice "the time that" or "that"?
    Both "Do you know the time that the trash truck comes" and "Do you know when the trash truck comes" are correct.
    "Do you the time when the trash truck comes" is not so good in my opinion, but I can't see the average person objecting to it.

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    Re: the time that/when

    Do you know what time the trash truck comes...

    would be more natural than the time that.

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    #4

    Re: the time that/when

    I think it is possible to say 'Do you know the time the trash truck ...'.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: the time that/when

    It's possible but not as natural as jutfrank's version.

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    #6

    Re: the time that/when

    What I'd really say is, "What time does the garbage truck come? Do you know?"
    I think "by our house" would normally go without saying.

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    #7

    Re: the time that/when

    I'd probably combine them into one sentence, as the original did, but using "what time".

    Do you know what time the binmen come?


    In the UK, we don't use "garbage truck". We might use "rubbish collection" but then the question would be "Do you know what time the rubbish collection is?" We refer to the people who collect the rubbish as "binmen". Of course, these days jobs have much more high-falutin'-sounding names so a job advert would probably say a company was seeking "domestic waste operatives" or something similar.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

    Re: the time that/when

    We don't say 'trash'. But trash, garbage, rubbish, waste, refuse ... it doesn't change the point.

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