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    Just step on the cockroach but don't scrape it, its insides are going to ooze out.

    Just step on the cockroach but don't scrape it, otherwise its insides are going to ooze out.

    Do you say don't scrape it? Does the rest of the sentence sound natural?
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    Re: Just step on the cockroach but don't scrape it, its insides are going to ooze out

    Your sentence is grammatically correct and sounds natural. That is the English usage answer.

    Nevertheless your sentence is unlikely to be heard for practical reasons. I think we have an instictive revulsion for and desire to kill cockroaches. Nobody cares what happens after they kill a cockroach. They just want it dead.

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    Re: Just step on the cockroach but don't scrape it, its insides are going to ooze out

    Quote Originally Posted by curiousmarcus View Post
    Just step on the cockroach but don't scrape it, otherwise its insides are going to ooze out.
    It doesn't sound natural to me. You normally scrape one thing against another. Anyway,I would think that if you managed to step on a cockroach, it insides would probably burst out.

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    Re: Just step on the cockroach but don't scrape it, its insides are going to ooze out

    I think you mean crush/squash rather than scrape, but this still isn't easy if you're going to tread on it.

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    Re: Just step on the cockroach but don't scrape it, its insides are going to ooze out

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I think you mean crush/squash rather than scrape, but this still isn't easy if you're going to tread on it.
    I must have used the wrong word, but what I meant was to deliberately twist your foot and slide it around on the ground with the cockroach still underneath.
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    Re: Just step on the cockroach but don't scrape it, its insides are going to ooze out

    Quote Originally Posted by curiousmarcus View Post
    I must have used the wrong word, but what I meant was to deliberately twist your foot and slide it around on the ground with the cockroach still underneath.
    Sorry. It still doesn't make practical sense. If you step on a cockroach, it will make an oozy mess whether your scrape it around or not.
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    Re: Just step on the cockroach but don't scrape it, its insides are going to ooze out

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Sorry. It still doesn't make practical sense. If you step on a cockroach, it will make an oozy mess whether your scrape it around or not.
    Our area was hit by an invasion of stink bugs a couple of years ago. They are exceptionally stupid critters but also terribly annoying. I learned early on to kill them with a gentle tap of my foot to avoid squishing their insides all over the floor.

    Despite their common name, they don't actually produce an awful odor when squashed.
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    Re: Just step on the cockroach but don't scrape it, its insides are going to ooze out

    I have a suggestion ... let the innocent creatures live!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Just step on the cockroach but don't scrape it, its insides are going to ooze out

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Sorry. It still doesn't make practical sense. If you step on a cockroach, it will make an oozy mess whether your scrape it around or not.
    At the risk of belaboring the point, cockroaches (at least in our area) are very flexible and capable of absorbing impact. It's not unusual for one to step on a roach and lift one's foot only to see the roach get up again and run away.
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    Re: Just step on the cockroach but don't scrape it, its insides are going to ooze out

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I have a suggestion ... let the innocent creatures live!
    We'd have thousands of them in the house.
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