Example sentences for: illiterate

How can you use “illiterate” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • To more vividly convey that coloring, many newspapers encourage their reporters to wield the tools of the novelist, opening a story with an evocative detail, such as these leads, both from the front of today's New York Times : "Ana Estela Lopeze dreamed of saving enough money to return to El Salvador to open a clothing store and build a three-bedroom house"; and "Rani, an illiterate woman from the washermen's caste, changed into her prettiest sari one recent morning."

  • In border communities where aliens travel back and forth across the border on a daily basis, legal services offices would have to require their clients -- who may be illiterate -- to keep a daily log to account for their movements.

  • Or perhaps it was the strong Celtic-Druid emphasis on oral transmission that led to the situation at the beginning of this century that while Scotland had over 230,000 who spoke Gaelic (many of whom, however, also spoke English), the majority was technically illiterate in Gaelic, being unable to read or write in their own tongue.

  • They also say that the better-educated Jewish buyers had duped illiterate peasants into selling property.

  • By the same token, the sober observer of language ought not allow his emotions to get in the way of his cool evaluation of the facts (as he sees them), and a label like Illiterate has pejorative overtones and undertones inappropriate to the detached, scholarly view.


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