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    when a small amount of light finds its way somewhere

    I want to express the idea that a small amount of light finds its way somewhere. Can I use "leak"?

    Haley woke up in a dark room. A dim white light leaked from the hallway outside forming a strip under the door.

    What other options do I have?

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    Re: when a small amount of light finds its way somewhere

    You can use "leak" but I'd change the order of the end of the sentence.

    A sliver of white light leaked under the door from the hallway outside.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: when a small amount of light finds its way somewhere

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    You can use "leak" but I'd change the order of the end of the sentence.

    A sliver of white light leaked under the door from the hallway outside.
    Can I add strip?

    A sliver of white light leaked under the door from the hallway outside, forming a strip.

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    Re: when a small amount of light finds its way somewhere

    If it is dim, adding unnecessarily to it doesn't work.

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    Re: when a small amount of light finds its way somewhere

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    I want to express the idea that a small amount of light finds its way somewhere. Can I use "leak"?

    Haley woke up in a dark room. A dim white light leaked from the hallway outside forming a strip under the door.

    What other options do I have?
    Seeped is more natural.

    As Ems says, the word order is somewhat odd. Seeped under the door would be better.
    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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