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    in chaos?

    Hi

    I read an article "The house was in chaos", should not it be "on chaos"?

    thanks

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    Re: in chaos?

    Quote Originally Posted by abrilsp
    I read an article "The house was in chaos", should not it be "on chaos"?
    "in chaos" is short for "in a state of chaos".
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    Many states use 'in' as a preposition- in a mess, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Many states use 'in' as a preposition- in a mess, etc.


    In AE - at least "my AE" - I would not use "in" with "a mess". I would just say "a mess".

    The house is a mess.


    With other states, I would use "in". - "in shock" - "in a state of confusion" - "in good health"






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    It's in a right two and eight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    It's in a right two and eight.
    Is that another way to say "in a mess"?

    :?

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