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    Mud Stains The Wall

    Let's say the context is a wall with mud spots on it. The condition of the wall having mud spots is a current condition. I want to describe this current condition of the wall by using the verbs "dot", "mark", and "stain":


    1. Mud dots the wall.
    2. Mud marks the wall.
    3. Mud stains the wall.
    Does anyone think that the first two sentences are okay, but the third is not?
    The verb "stain" does not seem to have the state meaning that "dot" and "mark" have.

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    Re: Mud Stains The Wall

    I'd rephrase it. "There are mud stains/marks/spots/blotches/clumps/splashes on the wall." Whatever you say should be understood. There was mud on the wall.

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    Re: Mud Stains The Wall

    But, do you think that sentence 3 is not as good as sentences 1 & 2?

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