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    Is " messing up" a slang?

    Hi All,

    Can we use "messing up" in a sentence? For example: She was messing up with the files.

    Please reply me as soon as possible.

    Regards


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    Re: Is " messing up" a slang?

    Quote Originally Posted by mfarhan View Post
    Hi All,

    Can we use "messing up" in a sentence? For example: She was messing up with the files.

    Please reply me as soon as possible.

    Regards
    It is not slang [nb - no article required] but the sentence is a bit odd.

    She was messing with the files = dealing with the files in an inefficient manner.

    She was messing up the files = she was making them impossible to use by muddling them.


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    Re: Is " messing up" a slang?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    It is not slang [nb - no article required] but the sentence is a bit odd.

    She was messing with the files = dealing with the files in an inefficient manner.

    She was messing up the files = she was making them impossible to use by muddling them.
    With all due respect, I would expand those definitions:

    to mess with = to handle, move, change in any way, look at, or otherwise interact with someone else's things without permission: Your boss comes into her office and finds you looking through the papers on her desk, and says "Stop messing with my things!"; or - to annoy, irritate, challenge, bother, start a fight, or otherwise be aggressive to a person: A big kid starts to bully a little kid. The little kid says "Don't mess with me or my really big brother will beat you up."

    to mess up = to make messy, to disorganize (for example, a room, a pile of clothes, someone's hair); to do badly ("I really messed up on that test""

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    Re: Is " messing up" a slang?

    Thank you for your help. That means we can use these words in an official e-mail? This is what I assumed.

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    Re: Is " messing up" a slang?

    Quote Originally Posted by mfarhan View Post
    Thank you for your help. That means we can use these words in an official e-mail? This is what I assumed.
    In any official correspondance 'messing up' or 'messing with' are not ideal.

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