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    #1

    covered him with a barber's cape so that the guy's shirt won't get riddled with hair

    While at the barbershop...

    3 year old child: That guy isn't wearing a shirt.

    Parent: He is. You just can't see it because the barber covered him with a barber's cape so that the guy's shirt won't get riddled with hair.

    I feel the last phrase isn't how native speakers would put it. What's a better way?
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    Re: covered him with a barber's cape so that the guy's shirt won't get riddled with h

    He is. You just can't see it under that cape that the barber put on him to keep his hair from getting all over his clothes. See how the hair he cut is all over the floor? And on his cape too. But not on his shirt.
    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: covered him with a barber's cape so that the guy's shirt won't get riddled with h

    Something that's riddled is full of holes. This is not terribly likely to happen to a shirt under attack from drifting bits of hair.
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    Re: covered him with a barber's cape so that the guy's shirt won't get riddled with h

    I'd call it an apron. I'd use cape for something heavier.

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    #5

    Re: covered him with a barber's cape so that the guy's shirt won't get riddled with h

    They're called capes where I get my hair cut. This is the Google Images page for "hairdresser's cape".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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