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    Is 'ruined' possible?

    Is it possible to use 'ruined' in the following example?

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    car that was driving past me splashed me with muddy water. My white coat was ruined.
    Last edited by englishhobby; 08-Mar-2016 at 20:55.
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    Re: Is 'ruined' possible?

    Yes. The expression seems exaggerated to me -- can't the coat be cleaned? -- but it's pretty common.
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    Re: Is 'ruined' possible?

    Thank you and what is the less exaggerated way to put it then? I mean not just 'dirty', but using some more emotional words (not swearing though )
    Last edited by englishhobby; 08-Mar-2016 at 21:08.
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    Re: Is 'ruined' possible?

    Ruined may convey just what you have in mind. It's possible the coat really can't be cleaned; maybe it's suede leather and the mud had a layer of oil on it, for example. If not, the coat's owner feels like it's ruined, and says so.

    [Edit] My own reaction that ruined is an exaggeration is just a personal foible. There was a time when a woman might say I can't go out in the rain, my hair would be ruined! She didn't mean that her hair would never grow again.
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    Re: Is 'ruined' possible?

    It is ruined for me if you're on your way to a smart party in your new white coat.

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    Re: Is 'ruined' possible?

    You could use "spoiled" or "messed up" if it is not major. But English speakers generally do tend to exaggerate.
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    Re: Is 'ruined' possible?

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    But English speakers generally do tend to exaggerate.
    I've told you a million times: we don't exaggerate.

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