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    alpacinoutd is offline Key Member
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    dotted the floor

    Hello.

    Have I used "dot" correctly and naturally?

    His books dotted the dusty floor.

    I want to say the books were scattered across the floor.

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    Re: dotted the floor

    "Dotted" is used to refer to things scattered on a macro scale, not books in a room. i would replace the word with "strewn across".
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: dotted the floor

    Thanks. Let's also see what natives say.

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    Re: dotted the floor

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    Thanks. Let's also see what natives speakers say.
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    Re: dotted the floor

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
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    What do you think about using "dot" in that way?

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    Re: dotted the floor

    Just so I'm clear, "dot" doesn't work in the sentence in post #1?

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    Re: dotted the floor

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    Just so I'm clear, doesn't "dot" doesn't work in the sentence in post #1?
    To be clear, no, it doesn't.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: dotted the floor

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    Just so I'm clear, "dot" doesn't work in the sentence in post #1?
    Ted did suggest that in post #2.
    Typoman - writer of rongs

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    Re: dotted the floor

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    Just so I'm clear, "dot" doesn't work in the sentence in post #1?
    No, it doesn't.
    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.

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