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    #1

    The meat was stained by sawdust.

    The butcher didn't clean the wooden cutting board. The meat was stained by sawdust.

    Could we use stain to say the meat was attached by many sawdust?

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    #2

    Re: The meat was stained by sawdust.

    I would say "covered with" instead of stained.

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    Re: The meat was stained by sawdust.

    "Covered with" sounds like is all covered with, is it carry the meaning many but not all?

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    Re: The meat was stained by sawdust.

    It is vague. If "covered" bothers you, you could say "contaminated" with. But I prefer "covered".

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    Re: The meat was stained by sawdust.

    A stain is when something becomes colored by something else and it can't be removed. This can't apply to wooden specks on something.

    "Contaminated" doesn't work for me because you can wash of the steak and the sawdust is removed.

    The steaks got sawdust on them - this seems the most straight-forward
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #6

    Re: The meat was stained by sawdust.

    How about "The meat was sprinkled with sawdust."


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    Re: The meat was stained by sawdust.

    That works for me.

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    #8

    Re: The meat was stained by sawdust.

    How about "The meat was sprinkled with sawdust."


    It sounds like it was done on purpose.

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    #9

    Re: The meat was stained by sawdust.

    Sawdust is the by-product of cutting wood with a saw. Probably in this situation (where the bits of wood came from a finished cutting board), sprinkled may not be appropriate -- but neither is "sawdust."

    How about "The butcher didn't clean the wooden cutting board. The meat had bits of residual wood on it."


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