He spread the cards out on the table

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They're identical in meaning because they're identical! You have written exactly the same words twice. Try again.
 

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

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'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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He scattered the cards on the table.
 

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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?

Thank you.
 
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