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Hello,

I am translating the message (bald) in the below, originally written in Japanese, into English. Do these two sentences sound natural in terms of English grammar/usage? Any comments or suggestions will be much appreciated. The two sentences in the below will constitute a warning on a poster that will tell people not to do that risky behavior in the midst of corona pandemic.

  • Please do not throw away that food waste!
  • That may get the Miyazaki pigs infected with the virus!

"Miyazaki" is the name of place in Japan, where we live. I included that because the Japanese original version contains it. I did not mention "Covid-19" or "the corona virus" explicitly in the above either, because the Japanese original version does not contain that phrase, simply stating that the pigs can get sick.

Composing a message on a poster is sometimes difficulty for me to do, because you are only allowed to use a limited number of words to express something in an appropriate and precise way.

Any help of yours will be much appreciated. Thank you.

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The message is murky. I think this is what you mean.

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Do not throw your uneaten food away.
Feed it to the pigs if it won't make them sick.

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Please don't throw leftovers in the garbage.
Pig eat the garbage and it might make them sick.

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"Bold", not "bald".

I don't understand. What are we supposed to do with the food waste if we can't "throw it away"? What do you mean by "throw it away"? How does the waste get from my hand to the pig's mouth?

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Thank you for your comments. Sorry my mistake in using the word "bald", which must have been "bold".


I must have provided more about the context. The poster will be placed at a camping area, for example, like a river bank where some wild life such as wild boars or pigs might come. People might do BBQ there and throw the food waste away there, though they are supposed to bring it back to their home. In this pandemic situation, wild life might pick up the food waste thrown away by those people infected with the corona virus, possibly causing the virus to spread to the other animals and back to humans again. Therefore, we are planning to make a poster with a warning against that situation. I am sorry for my awkward English but I hope this explanation make more sense than the previous one. Thank you again.

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bee limeI am sorry for my awkward English

Your English is very good.

Take all food waste away with you when you leave.

It can infect the wild pigs with the virus if they eat it.

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Thank you for your suggestions. I am very grateful that you provided me with two suggestions. They tell me what natural expressions look like. However, I am afraid the second lines of the suggestions in the above are a little different from what I wanted to say. The core message is not a concern about the pig's health but humans' health, which might be affected by the virus again in the end, with a larger scale, if the infection gets proliferated among the wild pigs (many pigs may infect more humans). Thank you anyway for your comments, from which I can learn a lot about what natural expressions in English look like.

Thank you very much for your comment and suggestion. These sounds much like what I wanted to say. Please allow me to use these sentences in our poster. Thank you very much again.

bee lime The core message is not a concern about the pig's health but humans' health, which might be affected by the virus again in the end,

The pigs may eat it and pass the virus to people.

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Poster:


Don't feed the critters.
Take your food waste home.


The bins are not for your leftovers.
Dispose of your food scraps at home.

bee lime. In this pandemic situation, wild life might pick up the food waste thrown away by those people infected with the corona virus, possibly causing the virus to spread to the other animals and back to humans again.

That is extremely unlikely.

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