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    the way you see light through an opaque glass

    How would you describe the way you see light through an opaque glass?

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    I looked at the opaque window of the room. Light from the street outside ...

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    Re: the way you see light through an opaque glass

    The window is not opaque; it is transluscent. You see blurred/fuzzy images of the scenes outside.
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    Re: the way you see light through an opaque glass

    Right. Opaque means no light passes through.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: the way you see light through an opaque glass

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Right. Opaque means no light passes through.

    Okay. What can I say now?

    I looked at the translucent window of the room. Light from the street outside ...

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    Re: the way you see light through an opaque glass

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    Okay. What can I say now?

    I looked at the translucent window of the room. Light from the street outside ...
    That works. You can also call it frosted. You don't need "of the room."
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    Re: the way you see light through an opaque glass

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    That works. You can also call it frosted. You don't need "of the room."

    I need something to complete the sentence, though:

    I looked at the translucent window. Light from the street outside appeared like a circular blur, splashed on the glass.

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    Re: the way you see light through an opaque glass

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    I need something to complete the sentence, though:

    I looked at the translucent window. Light from the street outside appeared like a circular blur, splashed on the glass.
    The reader will know you're looking and will know the street is outside. Something like these would be more to the point:

    - The street light splashed on the translucent window, a circular blur.

    - A light from the street splashed on the translucent window in a circular blur.

    - Street lights made circular blurs on the translucent window.
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