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I need a little clarification on the use of the verb scatter for liquids. Examine the following sentence.
The water was scattered on the floor.
The water was spilled on the floor.
Now, here I guess it is evident that 'spill' means some event occurred accidentally but 'scattering' can be done by someone.
Are they both correct?
Any help on this will be appreciated.
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.
We don't scatter liquids. We pour them, sprinkle them, squirt them, and spray them.
As you'll see in your dictionary, each word has a different meaning.
I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.