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    "illegible"

    Hi, please help me

    The word “illegible” means “difficult or impossible to read”.
    Do you use the word not only when someone’s handwriting is bad, but also when something makes it difficult or impossible to read…like when stickers are put on a letter and some part of the contents can’t be read?
    Should I say “unreadable” instead?


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    Re: "illegible"

    Quote Originally Posted by pink dragon View Post
    Hi, please help me
    The word “illegible” means “difficult or impossible to read”.
    Do you use the word not only when someone’s handwriting is bad, but also when something makes it difficult or impossible to read…like when stickers are put on a letter and some part of the contents can’t be read?
    Should I say “unreadable” instead?
    'Illegible' is fine in that context.

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    Re: "illegible"

    Quote Originally Posted by pink dragon View Post
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    The word “illegible” means “difficult or impossible to read”.
    Do you use the word not only when someone’s handwriting is bad, but also when something makes it difficult or impossible to read…like when stickers are put on a letter and some part of the contents can’t be read?
    Should I say “unreadable” instead?
    Usages may vary, but to my ear 'illegible' sounds better than 'unreadable' in this context. If the letter used long words, double negatives, unnecessary abstractions, over-used the passive voice, had over-long sentences, or otherwise used complex or confusing or ambiguous syntax, or just bad grammar, it would be 'unreadable'. Official reports are often unreadable, although they are perfectly legible.
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    #4

    Re: "illegible"

    hi

    ''illegible'' = difficult OR impossible to read.

    eg. Peter's handwriting is completely illegible.



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    Re: "illegible"

    Thank you Coffa, BobK, and Mad-ox.

    How about when printing is too light or too dark?
    Is it also correct to use "illegible" and incorrect to use "unreadable"?

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