Make a mess

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NHHL

Senior Member
Singapore-English
I have two housemates, housemate 1 makes a mess in the living room and then housemate 2 asks me to clean it up. May I use these sentences in this context?

"I didn't do it. Who makes a mess, that person has to clean it up"
"I didn't do it. Who makes a mess, that person is responsible"

Thanks very much,

NHHL
 
  • Egmont

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    1. I'd use "should," not "has to."

    2. Using "makes" means that you are stating a general principle that applies all the time. Maybe this principle should apply all the time, but if you want to focus on the mess that's in front of you right now, "Whoever made the mess..." would be better.
     
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