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    Wink balance

    Hi there!

    The following question is from a customer to a supplier. The order concerns some clothes left to be shipped.
    Which one is best:

    -Can you please dispatch the remainder of our order?

    -Can you please dispatch the balance of our order?

    Are they equally interchangeable?

    Thanks a lot

    W


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    Re: balance

    -Can you please dispatch the remainder of our order?

    'can' if you are, say, uncertain whether the supplier is in a position to meet your request e.g. if is waiting on supplies himself from overseas, in order to fulfill your order.

    Would** you please dispatch the remainder of our order (at your earliest convenience?
    Making a request of the person (to accommodate your wishes)

    'balance' would used if referring to money. Hence, a deposit might have been received, and you write, requesting payment of the balance of the account.

    ** 'could' is also a possibility. It is also used to make a polite request.

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    Re: balance

    Quote Originally Posted by David L.;444982
    'balance' would used if referring to money. Hence, a deposit might have been received, and you write, requesting payment of the [B
    balance[/B] of the account.

    "Balance" is not only used when referring to money; it refers to the remainder of the material ordered that has not yet been shipped.

    For example, I have placed an order at a steel mill for 40,000 lbs. of stainless steel. When I send my truck in to pick it up (on the previously-agreed shipment date), the mill only has 25,000 lbs. available. I might ask "When can I pick up the balance of my order?" or the mill might state "We will ship the balance at our own expense when it is ready."

    To answer the OP, "balance" and "remainder" are technically interchangable, but "balance" is the word usually used when discussing goods and products.

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    #4

    Re: balance

    Both are fine, at least to American ears, but I'd say "the rest of my order."

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    #5

    Re: balance

    I certainly agree with David L's clear and thorough discussion of the possibilities, but would like to add that:

    'the balance of our order'

    is a commonly used phrase referring not only to money but merchandise as well (AmE).

    Best wishes,

    Petra

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