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    Show affection to animals

    What do we say it, when we stroke our hand on an animal like dog and cat to show our affection? Do we say I padded my dog and cat?

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    Re: Show affection to animals

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    What do we say it, when we stroke our hand on an animal like a dog and or a cat to show our affection? Do we say "I padded my dog and cat"?
    No. You actually used the correct word in your question. "I stroked my dog/cat". If you touch the animal gently, like a tap, with the flat of your hand and then take your hand away (and repeat), then it's "I patted my dog/cat".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Show affection to animals

    You can also say, 'I petted my dog/cat'.
    I am not a teacher

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    Re: Show affection to animals

    I would say that "to pet" is the most common of those verbs here, to talk about a dog or cat.

    My cats frequently tell me to pet them. Non-verbally, but quite effectively.
    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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    Re: Show affection to animals

    Pet is quite affectionate in BrE, so I would use pat in the instance that Emsr2d2 is describing.

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    Re: Show affection to animals

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Pet is quite affectionate in BrE, so I would use pat in the instance that Emsr2d2 is describing.
    Do you still refer to them as "pets?"

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    Re: Show affection to animals

    We do, but you have to know a dog to pet it IMO. Anyone can pat a dog if they're close to it,

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    Re: Show affection to animals

    Depending on temperament, even unfamiliar or stray dogs like being petted.

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