Draw dots in / on a suitable place

Super Saiyan

Senior Member
Cantonese
Hi, when you want to write an instruction for children to follow on a page on a handout.

Do you say ‘please draw some dots [in or on] a suitable place.’? Thanks
 
  • Chez

    Senior Member
    English English
    You would use 'in' for 'place':

    But is this really the instruction you want to give to a child: Draw some dots in a suitable place? 'suitable' is quite a long/hard word and it would have to be very obvious where a 'suitable' place was on a piece of paper.

    In other words, the whole instruction doesn't sound appropriate for kids to me.
     

    Super Saiyan

    Senior Member
    Cantonese
    It's a worksheet for 3.5 year old children where they need to use pencils to draw some dots in a specific place. They're not allowed to draw on the upper corner or lower corner, it has to be in the middle. So I am writing the heading as an instruction like "please draw some dots [in or on] a specific place." As suggested, [in] is appropriate, Packard? Thanks
     

    Packard

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    For 3½ year old children I would be inclined to draw an outline showing the permitted areas to make the dots. Then I would add these instructions:

    Please draw your dots inside the outline.

     
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