I'd like to use the word "readable" with another one, can it be "pretty"? If not, what other adjectives can be used with "readable"?

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    You are probably looking for an adverb, not an adjective, to use with the adjective 'readable'. What's wrong with 'pretty' in your opinion? What are you trying to say? – user66974 Sep 23 '14 at 19:40
  • It depends on what you intend readable to mean. If you're talking about a computer storage medium or device, easily would be credible, but not pretty (which is just a slang intensifier normally meaning very). If you're talking about something like a typeface that's easy to read (discern what the actual letters are), or a technical manual (that's easy to read and understand) you have a lot more scope. – FumbleFingers Sep 23 '14 at 19:41
  • I want to write "these papers are pretty readable", and I just have no idea whether it is correct or rather weird and inaccurate way of emphasizing the adjective "readable" :) – user89121 Sep 23 '14 at 19:45
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    The problem is that the word "pretty" is ambiguously quantifiable in the sense of "maybe somewhat less than fully" vs "fully plus". Pretty much. – SrJoven Sep 23 '14 at 21:28

Yes, you can use pretty to modify pretty much any adjective.

And yes, pretty is pretty informal. I would not, however, call it slang.


If you are discussing the latest best-seller while hoisting a few beers at the bar, that's quite acceptable.

If you are critiquing an essay for your literature class, "somewhat" readable, "rather" readable and "eminently" readable are more acceptable for a highfalutin audience.


While it's certainly acceptable to say it, I think the meaning is easy to get confused. Firstly I would probably avoid the word "readable". Something like "Legible" or "Well Written" is less ambiguous than "readable". As for the adjective "pretty" it is a choice you could make but as others have indicated it isn't the most professional sounding choice.

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