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Please verify the contents of the Bill of Sales from your Shanghai company include the final on-board date and vessel name and notify our Shanghai branch office representatives accordingly through email.

Since we (Taiwan) must deliver accurate information to our customers within a time limit, your prompt attention is very much appreciated.

thanks.
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Please verify the contents of the Bill of Sale from your Shanghai office including the final on-board date and vessel name, and notify our Shanghai branch office representatives accordingly via email.

Since we (Taiwan) must deliver accurate information to our customers within a limited time, your prompt attention is very much appreciated.
HI Mister Micawber,

I've 2 questions from above context.

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Questions:

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1) Can I know the differences between " Sale " and " Sales "

2) How should I apply with " ing " and without " ing "

These 2 questions are based on above contexts.

Thank You,
Gary
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Hi Gary,

(1) This particular document is called a Bill of Sale. Two of them would be two Bills of Sale. Sales is a line item on a Statement of Income and Expenses. What I am saying with these examples is that you have to learn individual usages for this word (and others) in commercial English.

(2) `Include` would be a finite verb not fitting into the grammar of this situation. The -ing form introduces a non-finite clause modifying the object `contents`. You could re-phrase to `which include` if you like.

Hope this helps.
about include:

Please verify he is honest.
Please verify the charge includes a commission.
please confirm he went to school.

are these all wrong?
No indeed, and not equivalent to the `object + -ing form` in your original enquiry. Moreover, I would add the conjunction for clarity:

Please verify that he is honest.
Please verify that the charge includes a commission.
Please confirm that he went to school.
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I am thinking that the contents of B/L is the subject. if I add please verify that the contents, does this make any difference?

isn't this same as

please verify that the charge includes a commission?
Aah! I am beginning to see your point: you mean that the addressee should check that those particular items (on-board date, etc) are included. I read it as the entire contents of the B/S should be checked, among which are the on-board date, etc.

What misled me was the missing `that` (Please verify that the contents...)! Without it, I read the sentence wrong (because I was looking for possible errors).

My mistake and I apologize; the moral is that the `that` in these formations should be elided only when the meaning is perfectly clear without it.
we got it right now. thanks a lot.
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