Messed up/ muddled up/ mixed up I am again confused about what to say when 1.I am not talking clearly, not explaining myself well ( no grammar mistakes for example) 2. I am making grammar mistakes or using words incorrectly 3.cause problems ( for ex.your parents will punish you) I may have asked something similar another time ,but it is still hard to me.my apologies. Thank you very much.
Nov 20, 2016 6:35 PM
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I would say that mixed up is for not making yourself clear, muddled up for if you use an incorrect word (it happens to native speakers too) mixed up and muddled up are fairly interchangeable, messed up is more for poor decisions or actions. For your examples I would use 1. Mixed up 2. Muddled up 3. Messed up
November 20, 2016
If you are not talking clearly, then you are a bit mixed up. If you make a grammatical error, I'd go with messed up. Messed up could also be used when referring to a child or adult who has made a mistake or poor choice. "Jimmy really messed up when he skipped school to go shoot pool!" Bob messed up when he didn't pay the taxes he owed.
November 20, 2016
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