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Would you choose as a notification message displayed to a user on a website "your messages have been successfully moved to trash" or "... the trash"?

What is the difference and which one is more accurate?

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to those who downvote: could you please explain why? I want to learn to ask better questions in the future, thank you! – Chris Aug 20 '12 at 23:34
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In a very short-format setting, such as the label to an icon, "move to trash" would be acceptable. It's not grammatically perfect, but the need for brevity makes it acceptable.

For a longer form setting, such as the full sentences you'd find in a dialog box, I'd use the more grammatically acceptable "..moved to the trash" (or the more politically correct, "moved to the recycle bin".)

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