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    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    The policeman cautioned the motorist about his speed.

    The judge gave the defendant a caution.

    I cautioned him against being late.

    caution = warn

    Millions of islands dot the world's oceans.

    The islands are dotted all round the coast.

    dot = sprinkle

    To dot the i's and cross the t's.

    dot = punctuate; specify; define more accurately

    All about were dotted leafy trees.

    Boulders dotted (about /over/) the lunar landscape.

    dot = stud, strew

    I had a companion close by me, dotting down my conversation.

    dot down = jot down = write briefly

    You have to pay on the dot.

    Susan arrived at the party at 2:00 P.M. on the dot.

    Ben's plane arrived on the dot.

    on the dot = exactly on time

    She dotted me one in the eye.

    dot = dab

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Exclamation Re: caution/dot

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?
    The policeman cautioned the motorist about his speed.

    The judge gave the defendant a caution.

    I cautioned him against being late.

    caution = warn Ok

    Millions of islands dot the world's oceans.

    The islands are dotted all round the coast.

    dot = sprinkle Ok

    To dot the i's and cross the t's. used idiomatically: To take care of every detail, even minor ones.
    Before taking the project to the CEO, let's make sure we dot the i's and cross the t's.

    dot = punctuate; specify; define more accurately; also to write correctly. Example: use of ‘the ellipsis’
    It is used at the end of an unfinished sentence. The general rule is that you should always put a space before and after the ellipsis. 'Tom was.. and he played... ‘ This is not correct. It should be “Tom was … and he played … .”
    All about were dotted leafy trees.

    Boulders dotted (about /over/) the lunar landscape.

    dot = stud, strew

    I had a companion close by me, dotting down my conversation.

    dot down = jot down = write briefly

    You have to pay on the dot.

    Susan arrived at the party at 2:00 P.M. on the dot.

    Ben's plane arrived on the dot.

    on the dot = exactly on time

    She dotted me one in the eye.

    dot = dab

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    Nice word 'dot'. However, you do not need to dot capital ‘I’ and cross capital ‘T’. I think, it should have been said “ dot your small ‘I’ cross your small ‘t’.
    Last edited by sarat_106; 30-Jan-2010 at 10:34.

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