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Hi, Ahmed,

Hello. Which one is correct?

- Trying to fix this mobile is a waste of money. It is completely (useless - hopeless).

Thank you.

Sometimes 'useless' and 'hopeless' are close in meaning and can be used interchangeably. Regarding your question above, I'd go with 'useless'. According to 'LDOCE', we use 'completely / absolutely useless' when we are annoyed with someone or something because they should help us but they do not.

- There's no point reading the instructions - they're completely useless.

@ahmed_btm posted:

Regarding your question above, I'd go with 'useless'. According to 'LDOCE', we use 'completely / absolutely useless' when we are annoyed with someone or something because they should help us but they do not.

- There's no point reading the instructions - they're completely useless.

Hi, Ahmed. I think "it" in Ahmed's sentence:

- Trying to fix this mobile is a waste of money. It is completely (useless - hopeless).

can refer to the impossibility of the task (i.e. of trying to fix the mobile), in which we can say that trying to do so is completely/absolutely hopeless, or can refer to the mobile, in which case "useless" would be the better option.

Oxford Collocations Dictionary for Students of English, 2nd edition
hopeless adj.
[...]
adverb
absolutely , completely , pretty , quite , totally , utterly
The situation seemed completely ~.
He's a pretty ~ dancer (= very bad) . ( BrE )
apparently , seemingly
rather
[...]
Hopeless is used with these nouns: cause , longing , love , mess , romantic , situation , task
© Oxford University Press, 2009
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