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Paola Arlotta- 2011 UNIT I DESCRIBING PEOPLE + EXAMPLE A descriptive essay about a person should consist of: a) an Introduction in which you give general information about the person, saying when, where and how you first met them (if it applies); b) a Main Body in which you describe their physical appearance, personal qualities and hobbies/interests. You start a new paragraph for each topic if you have a lot to say about each aspect; c) a Conclusion in which you write your comments and/or feelings about the person. When describing someone you know well or see often (i.e a friend, a neighbor, etc), you should use present tenses. When describing someone who is no longer alive, or someone you knew a long time ago and you do not see any more, you should use past tenses. Descriptions of people can be found in articles, letters, narratives, etc. The writing style you use depends on the situation and the intended reader. For example, if you are writing an article for a magazine, you should use semi-formal style and a polite, respectful tone. INTRODUCTION Paragraph: 1 name of the person when, where and how you first met him/her; MAIN BODY Paragraph 2: physical appearance (facial features & clothes) Paragraph 3: personal qualities and justification(s)/examples; Paragraph 4: hobbies/interests; CONCLUSION Paragraph: Comments & feelings about the person. When you describe someone's physical appearance you start with the general features (i.e. height, build, age) and move on to the more specific ones, such as hair, eyes, nose etc. You can also add a description of the clothes the person likes to wear, e.g. Laura is a tall, slim woman in her early twenties. She has got red hair, green eyes and freckles. She usually wears smart suits. When you describe someone's personal qualities you should support your description with examples and/or justifications, e.g. Wayne is very shy. For example, he finds it difficult to make new friends. You can also describe someone's personality through their mannerisms by: a) referring to the way they speak, e.g. He speaks in a soft voice as if he were whispering; b) describing the gestures they use, e.g. She constantly uses her hands when she speaks; c) mentioning a particular habit they have, e.g. Jason always bites his nails when he is nervous. Note: When you mention someone's negative qualities you should use mild language (seems to, can be rather, etc). For example, instead of saying Paul is lazy, it is better to say Paul can be lazy at times.

with olive skin and curly dark hair. Jacques is very keen on water sports. General comment INTRODUCTION MAIN BODY CONCLUSION Physical features Jacques is quite good-looking. he has a great sense of style. he acts childishly and stamps his feet. too. He is always friendly and loves to have fun. Mgter. by Jim White Jacques has been my close friend for two years. I asked him the way to the library and we started talking. He's got a fantastic sense of humour and he always makes me laugh.g. It's a pleasure to be with him and I really enjoy his company. Mary has a soft. Jacques is very outgoing. …………………………………………………………………………… Describing a Person: Adding Details Face Shape • • • • • Square Oval Round Triangular Heart-shaped Skin/Face/Complexion (Complexion is the natural appearance and color of the skin. However. he can be a bit immature at times.Lengua Inglesa I/Idioma Inglés I/ Prof. fair complexion that glows with a hint of pink Ruddy: skin that has a healthy reddish tint. Like many French people. We've been friends ever since. Hobbies and interests style personality Dressing persoanlity and All in all. e. • • Freckled: sprinkled or covered with light brown spots Rosy: pink-cheeked. I'm sure we'll always be close friends. creamy complexion. I first met him on a school exchange trip to Calais. France. He enjoys scuba diving. and loves exploring life under sea. For example. may have the appearance of sunburn • Tanned: skin with a healthy golden-brown tint • . I'm glad to have Jacques as my friend.2011 A Close Friend. Paola Arlotta. when he doesn't get what he wants. He likes sailing and he spends a lot of time on his boat. so he always looks well-dressed even in casual clothes. especially of the face. He's tall and slim.

wide-eyed child Eye expressions: Adj. laughing • Eye Shape and Size Large.2011 Wrinkled: full of or covered with lines or loose folds of skin. cropped • Hair Styles braids. often associated with age • Other skin-related adjectives: pale. straight.Lengua Inglesa I/Idioma Inglés I/ Prof. scowl • Hair Texture/Appearance wavy. compassionate. frown. squinty. Mgter. grin. full. lively. neatly-combed. silky. paper-thin or translucent (as with a very old person). expressive. slicked down • Lots of hair • thick. warm. short. ponytail. curly. stiff. buzz • layered. tamed. bangs. smooth. buzzed. smile. bushy. mesmerizing. feathered. slanted. spiked. sad. sorrowful. bun. twinkling. lustrous. chopped. long. dancing. dry • Eyes General • Brown-eyed mother. gelled. tearfilled. round. small. pouting lips. eyes: piercing. shaved. spotless. Paola Arlotta. beam. full lips. rough. bright-eyed sister. baby-soft. creamy. almond-shaped. pursed lips (puckered up. like when someone is concentrating) • Laugh. twist. crinkly • Mouth/Lips Thin lips. glowing. bob. pigtails. grimace. callused. wiry (stiff) Little hair . sympathetic. gentle. flip. parted. spiky. coarse. ringlets.

cardigan • Other clothing: dress. gray. highlighted. robe.Lengua Inglesa I/Idioma Inglés I/ Prof. or cheek area (also known as stubble) • Adjectives: bearded. pajamas. bald.com/article3. goatee. corduroy. board shorts • Tops: sport shirt. chin. gloves. weaved Hair colors black. twill. vest. short-sleeve.2011 thin. coat. brunette. flat-front pants. neatly-trimmed • • Clothing Fabric: denim. Casually attired in (name of garment). bleached. shoes. flip-flops.. scraggly. Dennis sports a (name of garment)… Source: http://www. baby-fine. auburn. Jolene… Simply clad in (name of garment). wispy. hoodie. fleece. trimmed. dress shirt. long-sleeve. socks. chestnut-brown. strawberry-blond. silver. pullover. she. boots. uniform. leather • Bottoms: jeans. unshaven. ash-blond. heels. cotton. wool. honey-blond. shadowy in appearance. white. blazer. cargo pants. shorts. clean-shaven. culottes. brown. sweatpants. button-down shirt. balding. sleeveless. blond. Tshirt. dyed. sandals.. sweater. fine. pumps • Sentence Starters Describing Clothes • • • • Smartly dressed in (name of garment). pleated pants. collared. cap. Mark. tweed. Mgter. hat. polo shirt. bald spot. capris. limp. flat. golden-blond. that can be seen late in the day on the jaw. bathrobe. spandex. mustache. skirt. sideburns Five o’clock shadow: new beard growth. blouse. sweatshirt.htm . stockings. salt-and-pepper • Facial Hair Beard.. crop pants. slippers. jacket. polyester. tank top.writeshop. costume. Paola Arlotta. overalls.. red. receding hairline (gradual loss of hair at the front of the head) • Treated hair • permed. trousers. slacks.

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