I want to say

When you text someone instead of speaking to them, it is easy to be misunderstood, and you could offend the other person.

How would I say this?

  • Welcome to FL Élise. We do not use "Thank you" and "xxx" when asking a question on SE. "xxx" never at all. – Laure Apr 10 '16 at 8:05
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    When asking a question you are expected to say what you have found by yourself so far, for example if you have looked in a dictionary what deos it say? In short, do not ask for a translation. – Laure Apr 10 '16 at 8:15
  • To repeat what Laure said, the French Language & Usage Stack Exchange is not a translation service! It's to help you understand things you're having trouble figuring out on your own. – temporary_user_name Apr 11 '16 at 6:13

«D'être mal compris»

Is "to be misunderstood". Voir le verbe comprendre II.2.a

  • Micromégas! Great story. – temporary_user_name Apr 11 '16 at 6:13
  • Pouvez-vous svp. préciser... II.2.a ?? Vous voulez dire II.A.2.a) ? Si oui, dans la rubrique syntagme ? le cas échéant quel élément ? J'aimerais comprendre le lien que vous faites... Merci ! – user3177 Apr 11 '16 at 9:10

To answer the question in your title and given the context of the situation you are describing, the appropriate translation of "misunderstood" is "mal interprété".

As for your sentence, on way to go would be, for example:

Les communications écrites, contrairement aux communications orales, peuvent être facilement mal interprétées et sont susceptibles d'offenser leurs destinataires.

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    This is very formal and might not fit any situation. – Laure Apr 10 '16 at 8:12

"Mal compris" and "incompris" are the two most plausible translations. "Il est facile d'être mal compris" is better (because "incompris" is more formal).


I misunderstood. can be

Je n'ai pas compris.
J'ai mal compris.
Je me suis mépris (formal)

misunderstood (adjective) can be

mal compris
mécompris (formal)

The Micromégas answer seems to be the best to me

D'être mal compris

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