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    Usage of scatter

    The chopper was hovering over the hotel and scattering flowers on the guests.

    Can someone please tell me if the above para sounds natural? Any alternatives for scatter? Does fly work in place of hover?

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    Re: Usage of scatter

    Quote Originally Posted by daemon99 View Post
    The chopper was hovering over the hotel and scattering flowers on the guests.

    Can someone please tell me if the above para sounds natural? Any alternatives for scatter? Does fly work in place of hover?
    Not really. A helicopter would disturb the air over the guests even if it just flew past, but the important thing was that it was staying in one place. Instead of saying it was hovering you could say it was 'hanging in the air' (to achieve the same sense of persistence in one place) but I don't see what's wrong with hover.


    ...or with scatter! If you wanted, you could paraphrase: 'the chopper was... blowing flowers all over the guests'. But I don't see why this could be regarded as 'an improvement'.

    (Did the flowers start on the ground or in the helipcopter? In the latter case you could say '...raining down flowers on the guests' or even, with a bit of literary self-indulgence, 'showering the guest with petals, as if they were snow-flakes'.)

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