I opt for 'messy', from your description. 'Untidy', to my mind, refers to a jumble of things, or a number of items misplaced (clothes all over the floor, a table littered with papers and tea-cups), and this doesn't apply to a book. 'Defaced' usually refers to a deliberate act of near-vandalism, such as colouring-in pictures in a book, or scrawling comments all over the text. To say the book is 'in poor condition' means to me that the cover is dirty or torn or that the pages are browned with age (and this partly fulfills your description), but it brings to mind the terms used to describe the condition of books for sale: 'fine', 'good', 'poor' etc. I wouldn't apply it to an exercise book.Hello all
One of my primary students has a very messy book, he doesn't keep it clean, he writes all over it... How would you call that? A messy book, untidy book...?
Yes, I think messy would fit that context.Then, what you see an essay that is not written neatly, such as a lot of cross instead of correcting the mistakes with a correction pen can I say that your essay is so messy?
I wouldn't use messy here, but rather a mess, which I believe has a more general meaning than messy: The essay is good, but the paper is a mess!Also, even though it is a neatly written essay, if the paper itself is not neat , such as on a crumbled paper or a paper just torn out of a notebook, can I still say it is a messy paper?