Discard or Discarded items

Discussion in 'English Only' started by NickJunior, Sep 14, 2007.

  1. NickJunior Senior Member

    Amérique du Nord
    Cambodgien
    There are piles of junk that need to be removed from the room. Do you say:

    1) Please remove the discard? Or

    2) Please remove the dicarded items?

    Thanks.
     
  2. bibliolept

    bibliolept Senior Member

    Northern California
    AE, Español
    I would not use "Please remove the discard."
    Number 2 is fine.
     
  3. coiffe

    coiffe Senior Member

    Oman
    English (USA)
    NickJunior,

    I would like to add that the phrase "discarded items" does not precisely mean "junk." Discarded items are items that have been thrown away, or set aside to be thrown away. Junk could be anything including an old computer, old clothing, or anything that piles up in your room that you actually may not want to throw away.

    There are lots of synonyms for "junk," but strictly speaking, "discarded items" isn't an equivalent phrase.
     
  4. Harry Batt

    Harry Batt Senior Member

    Minneapolis
    USA English
    Please remove the discard, is the nearly the same as saying, eg., "Please discard the remove." Both words mean that you take something away. In my neighborhood people often discard someting which still has worth. The item, eg., a lawn mower, is placed at the curb with a small sign saying, "Free! Please Take." That is also a discard.
     

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