there’s a <fault /defect /flaw> in the transmitter


Senior Member
Persian (Farsi)
I need to know which one of the following choices can be used in the following blank:
We can’t receive radio signals because there’s a………………in the transmitter
a) fault
b) defect
c) flaw
[I have written this example myself]
[I think the word “fault” works here but I doubt whether “b” works too or not! Meanwhile I think “c” does not work]
  • SwissPete

    Senior Member
    Français (CH), AE (California)
    Fault does not work.
    Defect does work.
    Flaw would work, but it would have to be a flaw in the design of the transmitter.


    Senior Member
    German/English bilingual
    I think "fault" is really the only possible option of the three given. It indicates that something has broken or gone wrong.
    Both "defect" and "flaw" suggest that it is already wrong by design, even when it's not broken.


    Senior Member
    English - US (Midwest)
    If it's a brand-new radio which has just been installed, and I'm trying to use it for the first time, I might say it had a defect, though I would be more likely to say it was defective.

    If it's a radio that's been in use, but is no longer working, I'd say it had a fault (or a problem).
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