Usage of describing words - Meaning, Definition and Functions
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Describing Words

Describing Words for Class 3 English

Describing words in English are used to give extra information about a particular thing and provide more clarity. In this concept, the learners will get acquainted with the definition, characteristics of describing words.

You will also learn from this concept on how to :

  • Apply describing words in a sentence.
  • Understand the rules and sentence order to be followed while making sentences using these words.

Each of the concepts has been explained remarkably well using illustrations, examples, and mind maps. Students can check their understanding by trying to solve the two printable describing words worksheet for class 3 appended at the end of the page. They can also verify the answers with those of the solutions available in PDF format.


  • Words that describe a noun or a pronoun are called describing words.It describes people, things, animals, places, emotions, etc. The purpose is to explain a topic.
  • Describing words are placed before or after a noun or pronoun.
  • A describing word could be words used to describe size, colour, shape, number, texture,and other senses.
  • Describing words are also called adjectives.

Usage of Describing Words

  1. Let us see how is a describing word used for things that we see.
  2. Describing a Shape Any colour can be used as a description Sizes Numbers Senses
    circular red small one soft
    square black big a lot bitter
    triangle brown tiny a million roar
    rectangle white medium a dozen floral

  3. Look at the table to see how a describing word is used in a sentence.
  4. No. Sentences without Descriptive Words Sentences with Descriptive Words Explanation
    1. A new shop has opened in my locality. A new grocery shop has opened in my locality, owned by my neighbour. Adjective grocery and a noun neighbour have been added to describe the new shop.
    2. Jitesh spoke to his mom. Jitesh spoke to his mom politely. Adverb politely has been added to describe how Jitesh spoke to his mom.
    3. Meena is a student. Meena is an undergraduate student. Describing words can be used to indicate clear meaning. The word ‘student’ was vague. Instead, the word undergraduate gives an idea that Meera is pursuing her graduation in a college.


  1. An adjective is usually used to describe a noun or a pronoun. Mostly the adjectives are placed before the noun. Sometimes it can be used after the noun as well.
  2. Examples:

    1. He is a handsome man.
    2. Rules for Adjectives
    3. Hari’s performance was fantastic.
  3. Adjectives can be categorized into types when using more than one adjective with a noun. When using more than one adjective, write the adjective in the given order:
    1. Quantity or number (One, two, etc.)
    2. Quality or opinion (great, sweet)
    3. Size (big, small, etc.)
    4. Age (old, new, etc.)
    5. Shape (circle, square, etc.)
    6. Colour (blue, green, etc.)


    I like the pretty pink new dress.

    Rules for Adjectives

    In the above example, there are only three adjectives used to describe the noun ‘dress’. Notice the order of adjectives used in the sentence.


Certain adjectives never stand in front of the nouns they describe, for example, words like alone, afraid, happy, sorry, and ill.


  1. Seema is afraid of lizards.
  2. Neethi is sorry.
Exceptions for Adjectives
Chart for Adjectives
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