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    Unresponsive???

    Hello everyone.

    I wonder if it's okay to say a person "unresponsive".

    For instance:

    John is quite unresponsive. I'd called his name a few times before he noticed I'm here.


    Thanks.

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    Re: Unresponsive???

    Quote Originally Posted by EnglishLearner1990 View Post
    Hello everyone.

    I wonder if it's okay to say a person "unresponsive".

    For instance:

    John is quite unresponsive. I'd called his name a few times before he noticed I'm here.


    Thanks.
    If the context is clear, you could use that word. But there is also a medical use of the word "unresponsive" which means anything from altered mental state to unconsciousness. As an alternative for your use, you could say "is not very responsive".

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    Re: Unresponsive???

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    If the context is clear, you could use that word. But there is also a medical use of the word "unresponsive" which means anything from altered mental state to unconsciousness. As an alternative for your use, you could say "is not very responsive".
    Can we use "distracted" instead of "unresponsive"?

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    Re: Unresponsive???

    Quote Originally Posted by EnglishLearner1990 View Post
    Hello everyone.

    I wonder if it's okay to say a person "unresponsive".

    For instance:

    John is quite unresponsive. I'd called his name a few times before he noticed I'm here.


    Thanks.
    I don't think "quite" is necessary. One is either unresponsive or not.

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    Re: Unresponsive???

    What would a native English speaker say?
    Last edited by EnglishLearner1990; 31-Jul-2013 at 21:14.

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    Re: Unresponsive???

    Quote Originally Posted by EnglishLearner1990 View Post
    Can we use "distracted" instead of "unresponsive"?
    Yes, one could.

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    Re: Unresponsive???

    Quote Originally Posted by EnglishLearner1990 View Post
    What would a native English speaker would say?
    Just the way you posted it originally, but without "quite".

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    Re: Unresponsive???

    Quote Originally Posted by EnglishLearner1990 View Post
    Can we use "distracted" instead of "unresponsive"?
    Yes, but the meanings are not the same. Use your dictionary.

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