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    Question messy, in a mess, neat, tidy

    Could anyone judge the following sentences?

    1) The room is messy.
    2) The room is in a mess.
    3) The room is neat.
    4) The room is tidy.

    Just want to be confident when saying these words. Thanks!

    Last edited by emily wong; 26-Jun-2006 at 01:21.

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    Re: messy, in a mess, neat, tidy

    All four of your statements are perfectly correct. In casual conversation, however, "tidy" sounds a bit stilted, and "neat" (as in sentence #3) is more commonly used.

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