Flaw [=sometimes doesn't work?]

jokaec

Senior Member
Chinese - Hong Kong
If a PSP sometimes works and sometimes doesn't work, can I call it a flaw? For instance, my PSP is a flaw. If not, which word is most appropriate? Thank you.
 
  • Glenfarclas

    Senior Member
    English (American)
    No: a flaw is a type of problem, not a thing with a problem.

    If your PSP had this problem at the time you bought it, then we would say "My PSP is defective." If it worked correctly at the beginning but this problem has developed over time, then we would probably say something like "My PSP doesn't work very well any more."
     

    heypresto

    Senior Member
    English - England
    No. You can't say it is a flaw, but you could say it has a flaw. But having said that, it's not the most natural word in this context. We are more likely to say 'It has a fault', or 'It's developed a fault, or 'It's faulty'.

    Crossed with Glenfarclas, whose suggestions are good ones.
     

    Linkway

    Senior Member
    British English
    If the product became faulty due to a defect in its design, we could say: "It has a design flaw".
     
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