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    Deficient and Illegible

    Hi!

    I need your help: if an application form for a license is defined as "deficient and illegible", what do you understand?

    Deficient: inadequate, lacking, incomplete?
    Illegible: that cannot be read/understood?

    Thanks
    N.

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    Re: Deficient and Illegible

    Quote Originally Posted by NicolaalociN View Post
    Hi!

    I need your help: if an application form for a license is defined as "deficient and illegible", what do you understand?

    Deficient: inadequate, lacking, incomplete?
    Illegible: that cannot be read/understood?

    Thanks
    N.
    (not a professional teacher). I think you've understood it well, especially the "deficient" comment. "Illegible" does mean "cannot be read". It refers to the writing, that it is literally unreadable. I would say "cannot be read" rather than "cannot be understood" because if I typed "trentatre trentini" that phrase is entirely legible, but it cannot be understood if the reader knows no Italian. If I personally wrote "trentatre trentini", then even someone who did read Italian would find it illegible as I have very bad handwriting.

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