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Describing Words

Concept: Describe it!

Definition

  • A describing word tells or gives us more specific details of a person, place, animal, thing.
  • It describes the colour, size, shape, texture, etc. of a noun or pronoun.
  • Describing words can be written before or after a noun or pronoun.
  • Describing words can make our writing and speaking skills more interesting.
  • It is also called adjectives.
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Example:

The words two, soft, round and blue are describing the nouns - birds, teddy, bed, and dress. Therefore, we can call them describing words.

Describing Words:

There are a thousand ways we can describe something using adjectives. They can describe the colour, shape, size, smell, and texture of a thing.

1. Shapes

Words that describe the shape of a noun can be considered as describing words. Shapes such as: square, triangle, round, etc.

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2. Size

We use these words to talk about size of someone or something. Words like little, tiny, small, big, huge, medium… etc.

Example:

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3. Colour:

These describing words are used to talk about the colour of a noun. Words like: Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, Blue, Black, White… etc.

Example:

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4. Number

The below mentioned words are adjectives because they are used to describe the number or quantity of something or someone. The words like One, Hundred, Thousand, Million, A lot, A few, Many… etc.

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5. Taste

These are the words we use to describe the taste of food. For instance, Sweet, Bitter, Sour, Spicy, … etc

Example:

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6. Smell

When we describe the smell of something we use these words. Words such as Stinky, Musty, Flowery, Nasty, …etc.

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7. Sound

These words are used to describe the sound of a noun.Yuo can use words like Loud, Quiet, Silent, Roar, Coo… etc.

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8. Emotions or characteristics

Describing words can also describe feelings. These words help to describe someone’s emotions, characteristics, or feelings, etc. For instance, Angry, Happy, Sad, Calm, Scary, Intelligent, Smart, Clever, etc.

Example:

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9. Texture

We use these words to talk about the texture of something. For instance, Soft, Hard, Fluff, Rough, Smooth, Slimy…etc.

Example:

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Common mistakes

Don’t get confused between the words that describe adjectives and words that talk about verbs. Adjectives are the words that describe nouns.

Example:

  • The students quietly leave the room.
  • The students are very quiet today.
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