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Sunday, August 29, 2004

Descriptions of People

"..a tiny Korean woman: Kimy. She's wearing a blue silk dress and bright lipstick, and her eyebrows have been drawn on a little lopsided. Her hair is salt-and-pepper gray; it's braided and coiled into two buns at her ears."

"Henry's dad is thin, tall, angular, and tired. He doesn't look much like Henry. He has short gray hair, dark eyes, a long nose, and a thin mouth whose corners turn down a little."
(The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffengger)

We have been learning how to describe people. Look at the three descriptions below and tell me which one is correct. A good description (at your level) should have:

  • Stages: introductory sentence & description of at least 3 features
  • At least 1 conjunction to join sentences (and, so, because)
  • Appropriate vocabulary
  • Correct sentences (S+V+O)
  • At least 2 noun groups: beautiful hair, a tiny Korean woman
  • At least 3 forms of to be and/or to have correctly
  • Correct personal pronouns
  • Capital letters, commas and full stops correctly used
  • Good spelling

Text 1
This is a photo of my friend Anne. I think she is very pretty. She has a round face with freckles. She has long curly red hair. Her eyes are round and very blue and she has a beautiful smile.
Anne is not very tall, but she has a slim figure. I like they way she dresses. She always wears nice modern clothes.

Text 2
This photo is my friend Anne she is . very nice. She wears jeans and blue shirt.

Text 3
This is photo of Anne i think she is very bretty. she have round face, and . She has red long hair curly. She is eyes is round and very blue
she has beautiful smile.
Anne isnt very tall, but, she is slim figure. I likes they way she dresses. She always wear beutifull clothes. I like she veri much.


Look at these photos and write a description of the people in them:

(You can click on each photo to see it bigger)

More practice...
If you want to have fun practising the order of adjectives in English, you can visit the following sites:

410 Grammar .............................
410 Grammar exercises
The order of adjectives
ESL Adjective Order
Adjectival Magnets

Sohaila's Description:

This is a picture of a man. He is standing in front of a door. He is tall, he has long black hair and he has dark skin.
He is wearing a grey and black tracksuit.
He is wearing a watch.
He is holding a paper.
He looks unhappy.

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