Describing People's Appearance

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DESCRIBING PEOPLE'S APPEARANCE: She's not very tall, with dark hair and blue eyes

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DESCRIBING PEOPLE'S APPEARANCE
Body

She's of medium height.

She's a woman of average height.

She's quite tall.

She's a woman of average height.

She's a woman of below average height.

She's not very tall. (→ She's short.)

He's slim.

He's of medium build.

He's well-built.

He's rather plump (=not slim).

He's broad-shouldered.

He's quite muscular.

He's a bit overweight. (→ He's fat.)
Complexion

He's dark (=with dark hair and dark skin).
He's fair (=with blond hair and pale skin).

Hair

She's got

long

blonde curly

hair.

(=Her hair is long, blonde and curly.)

red

She's got
She's got

(Also suntanned, olive-skinned, pale-skinned.)

wavy

hair.

(=Her hair is red and wavy.)

straight

hair.

(=Her hair is short and straight.)

spiky

hair.

(=Her hair is dark and spiky.)

short

She's got

dark

She's got shoulder-length hair.
He's blond. (=He's got blonde hair.)
A blonde = a blonde woman.
He's got a receding hairline. → He's going bald. → He's bald (=he's got no hair). Hairstyle: neat, untidy, with plaits/braids, have a fringe, swept back, in a bun, in a pony-tail, etc. Eyes

big

brown

small
More or less

She's got

eyes.

He's got long eyelashes.

blue

bushy / thin eyebrows.

She's tallish. (→ She's more or less tall.)
He's got greenish eyes. (→ I'm not sure if his eyes are green .)

Other features He has a moustache / a beard / a goatee.

A mole, a scar, side-burns, freckles, etc.

She wears glasses.
Age

Unshaven, clean-shaven.

He's in his early forties. (→ Probably between 40 and 43; also in his mid sixties, in his late twenties.) She's thirty-something. (→ She's between thirty and forty .)

Your opinion

He's quite handsome| good-looking | attractive.
He's not particularly attractive. (→ I think he's ugly.)
She's very pretty (or beautiful) | good-looking | attractive. She's not especially pretty. (→ I think she's ugly.)

General

She's tall and slim,
with blue eyes and shoulder-length brown hair. She's quite attractive. He's of medium height and medium build.
He's got very nice brown eyes and short blond hair. He's not particulary handsome.

Use modifiers! He's a bit plump. He's extremely handsome. She's quite pretty. She's pretty tall!

DESCRIBING PEOPLE'S APPEARANCE: She's not very tall, with dark hair and blue eyes

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ASKING ABOUT PEOPLE'S APPEARANCE
To know about ...

you ask ...

and people answer ...

a

looks, appearance

What does your friend look like?

She's tall and quite slim,
with short blonde curly hair and blue eyes.

b

personality

What is your friend like?

She's quite extrovert, but a bit too talkative.

BUT be careful!

When you ask ...

people answer ...

c

How is your friend?

She's fine, thanks. And you?

d

What does your friend like?

She likes classical music and reading.

Study the questions above and answer the questions:


What colour is the verb in each question – green, blue or red?



In which question(s) is the word 'like' used as a verb (=prefer, enjoy) – in a, b or d ?



In which question(s) is the word 'like' used to ask for a description – in a, b or d ?



Which are the first and the last words in English questions about descriptions of people? What does your friend look like?
What is your friend like?



Which is the the first word in English questions about people's health? What is your friend?

Suggested activity:


Collect pictures of real people (family, sportspeople, writers, musicians, film stars, etc).



Using the language above, write sentences about those people – first describe them (body, complexion, hair, eyes, etc), then give your opinion (attractive? not very attractive?).

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