Which option fits best in the following sentence?

I've been trying to contact you for days but you seem to be very ___________.

  1. inaccessible
  2. elusive
  3. evasive

The answer is either 1 or 2 for me. But the answer is 1. But I read the word elusive is used in a sense for people who hard to contact or reach. So I don't know why we cannot use the word elusive in this sentence.

  • 2
    Both "elusive" and "evasive" imply that the person is intentionally avoiding contact, whereas "inaccessible" does not. Could that be the reason? Mar 17 '16 at 3:31
  • @AndySchweig it could be.
    – Mrt
    Mar 17 '16 at 3:42
  • In the case of "contact", inaccessible is better in the sense that "can't be reached" does not imply physical movement. elusive or evasive are more about physical movement to avoid.
    – user3169
    Mar 17 '16 at 3:52

Saying someone is either elusive or evasive implies they are purposely avoiding you for some reason. Usually it is not a nice things to say, more diplomatic would be

...you seem ( very ) inaccessible.
...you seem very busy.

Deer will be elusive or evasive to stay away from hunters.

  • 1
    Sometimes a short phrase works better than a single word. I've been trying to contact you for days but you've been hard to reach.
    – J.R.
    Mar 17 '16 at 18:17
  • @J.R. +1 and also you seemed to have disappeared.
    – Peter
    Mar 17 '16 at 18:49

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