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Each time I plan to go to work by bike, I find the following messy scene in our bike shed. The moment I enter it, I know that I have to work my way through the barricaded shed to reach my bicycle. I do not think that users are spiteful and put their bikes in my way on purpose. Whatever their motives are, I say to myself that they put their bikes in a "drop and go" manner or in a "drop and leave" fashion or in a "higgledy-piggledy" manner.
What do you think?
Last edited by Rover_KE; 26-May-2016 at 16:24. Reason: Reducing font size.
"Higgledy-piggledy" is only found in children's books. It's not used much in conversation.
Your "in a . . . fashion/manner" phrasing is more ornate than is natural.
I might say something like:
- They toss their bikes just anywhere.
- They leave their bikes strewn all over the shed.
I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.