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Can any one explain those conditions on which we have to use word 'list' and 'inventory'

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closed as general reference by Kris, Mitch, kiamlaluno, jwpat7, MετάEd Sep 9 '12 at 4:33

This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

Have you googled? – Kris Apr 23 '12 at 14:08
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NOAD defines:

inventory: a complete list of item such as property, goods in stock, or the contents of a building
[in our warehouse you'll find a large inventory of new and used bicycles]


list: a number of connected items written or printed consecutively, typically one below the other
[writing a shopping list]

So, you should use inventory and list as NOAD says.

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Couldn't OP look up NOAD? Or just google? I don't mean to be rude. – Kris Apr 23 '12 at 13:57

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