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    #1

    soiled your shirt?

    After leaving a toddler to eat by himself, you come back to see a mess. His shirt has food (and maybe his drink too) all over it.

    Referring to what he did to his shirt, which is the most natural thing to say?

    You soiled your shirt.
    You dirtied your shirt.
    You spilled on your shirt.
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    Re: soiled your shirt?

    I doubt many people are too worried about grammar at this point and they wouldn't be so formal. I would expect to hear something like "Ohhhh, look at you! Your shirt is covered in food. You messy thing!" Or the less cheerful "Oh. Great. Right, those clothes are coming off and going straight in the wash".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: soiled your shirt?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I doubt many people are too worried about grammar at this point
    Quite.

    Non-native speakers who wish to help their very young children acquire English often seem to me to worry excessively about the 'correct' way of speaking to them in English. The 'correct', grammatical way is often fairly unnatural.

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    Re: soiled your shirt?

    Setting aside the question of whether you should talk to a toddler that way, sentences 1 and 2 are grammatical. 3 is not.

    In AmE we might say You got your shirt dirty.
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    Re: soiled your shirt?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Setting aside the question of whether you should talk to a toddler that way, sentences 1 and 2 are grammatical. 3 is not.
    Is it because sentence 3 didn't specify what got spilled?
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    #6

    Re: soiled your shirt?

    Quote Originally Posted by curiousmarcus View Post
    Is it because sentence 3 didn't specify what got spilled?
    That's very close. Perhaps:

    You spilled your drink on your shirt.

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    Re: soiled your shirt?

    Quote Originally Posted by curiousmarcus View Post
    Is it because sentence 3 didn't specify what got spilled?
    Yes.
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    #8

    Re: soiled your shirt?

    We might also say something like, "You've got (it) all down you."

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    Re: soiled your shirt?

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    We might also say something like, "You've got (it) all down you."
    Never heard this phrase before.
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    #10

    Re: soiled your shirt?

    That's British English, I think. I might say (for example):

    You've got spaghetti sauce all over you.

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