Describing People in English

Describing People in English

To write a description about a person you know, you need some adjectives that can help you determine their physical traits, abilities and attitudes.

  • Read the following paragraph about a gifted youth :
Song, my best friend, is really a genius. When he first moved to our neighbourhood, the other guys avoided him. But now everybody wants to keep company with him. What is his secret ? He is brainy boy! He can solve mathematical operations faster than a calculator, and he can memorise things better than any of his peers. He always gets the best grades at school, and he is highly acclaimed by teachers.
What makes him even more popular is his being modest, sociable and reliable. Although he is the shortest boy in our group, he is a gifted basketball player. Physically, he is round-faced, pale looking with brown small eyes and short straight hair. He is usually dressed in casual clothes : tight jeans and T-shirts. All those who know him, including classmates and teachers, believe Song possesses the traits of a genius.
  • Here are some useful adjectives :

a – For physical traits : 

  • Height : tall, short, medium …
  • Build : frail, stocky, slim, thin, plump, chubby, fat, skinny, well-built …
  • Age : young, teenager, middle-aged, elderly …
  • Face : round, oval, wrinkled, sun-tanned, fair-skinned …
  • Eyes : big, round, blue, small, narrow …
  • Hair : bald, straight, curly, spiky, wavy, black …
  • Clothes : casual, shabby, smart, tidy, fancy, messy …

b- For abilities and attitudes :

  • Intelectual abilities : intelligent, bright, clever, smart, able, gifted, talented, brainy, stupid, idiot …
  • Attitudes towards life : optimistic, pessimistic, extroverted, introverted, relaxed, tense, sensible, sensitive, practical …
  • Attitudes towards other people : sociable, quarrelsome, argumentative, easy-going, even-tempered, honest, trustworthy, reliable, sincere, frank …

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