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    #1

    He spread the cards out on the table

    1. "He spread the cards out on the table."
    2. "He spread the cards out on the table."

    Generally, are 1 and 2 identical in meaning? Please, do not think some very rare specific cases which can occur.

    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dict...rkish/spread_1

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    #2

    Re: He spread the cards out on the table

    They're identical in meaning because they're identical! You have written exactly the same words twice. Try again.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: He spread the cards out on the table

    Sorry for the mistake in the first post.

    1. "He spread the cards out on the table."
    2. "He distributed the cards out on the table."


    Generally, are 1 and 2 identical in meaning? Please, do not think some very rare specific cases which can occur.

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    #4

    Re: He spread the cards out on the table

    No, they're not the same. Can you describe the context you have in mind?
    You might also consider using "dealt".

    Take a look at meaning #1 of "deal" as a verb in the link below.

    https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/deal

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    #5

    Re: He spread the cards out on the table

    "Distributed" does not take the preposition "out". Even without it, the two verbs are not interchangeable.
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    #6

    Re: He spread the cards out on the table

    I thought the first meaning.

    http://www.wordwebonline.com/search.pl?w=spread

    The context is that let's think a boy having playing cards, and spread them out on the table for fun. He is alone. Not an orderly spreading.

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    #7

    Re: He spread the cards out on the table

    'Distributed' implies some kind of methodical dispersal, so you definitely don't want it for your scenario.

    I might distribute seven cards to each player, for example.
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    #8

    Re: He spread the cards out on the table

    He scattered the cards on the table.
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    #9

    Re: He spread the cards out on the table

    Then the correct verbs or my scenario are scatter and spread but not disribute, because distribute contains an order or rule. Is there any other one?

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