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    messed up things

    Can one say
    a. This technician messed up some things in three projects.
    b. This technician messed up certain things in three projects.
    c. This technician messed up things in three projects.
    d. This technician had some mess-ups in three projects.


    My feeling is that in (C) he messed up everything in three projects. In the other sentences, he has messed up some things, but not everything, in the three projects.

    Is that correct?

    Many thanks.

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    Re: messed up things

    "Messed up things" does not mean "messed up everything".
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: messed up things

    In a, b and c, I'd use the word order "This technician messed [some] things up ...".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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