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Sensory Details

Concept: Words related to Sight, Sound & Touch

Definition

  • Sensory words are used to show details about a story and not just by telling. They appeal to our five senses of sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell in such a way that the writing comes to life.
  • It makes readers feel as if they are experiencing the description or the story right in front of their eyes.
  • Sensory words are very powerful and notable than normal words as they help the reader to imagine better with the use of sensory words.
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Example:

I heard a crashing sound and looked out of the window.
‘Crashing’ here is a sensory word that appeals to your auditory sense and makes you imagine something like an accident or something that crashes into the other.

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Sensory details turn a boring write-up into an interesting and involving one by adding interesting descriptive words to it.

What are Sensory Words?

  • Words that describe anything are usually sensory words. These words indicate how we feel, hear, see, smell or taste something.
  • Adjectives are most commonly used for sensory details, verbs and adverbs can also be used frequently for the purpose.
  • While describing sensory details related to a sight we include parameters like physical properties of the object, place, or person that includes colours, shapes, size, etc.
Examples of sensory words related to the five senses
Sight Sound Touch Taste Smell
huge crackling sticky bitter burnt
glowing crunchy slimy sweet rotten
hazy humming smooth buttery fishy
tiny crashing muddy yummy floral
bright silent soft tempting ripe

How to Use Sensory Words?

Have a look at the example below to understand the usage of sensory words.

Example:

Plain Sentence Sentence with Sensory Details Explanation
We bought a new house. My father bought a new two-room apartment in New Alipore, Kolkata. It has a huge playground, swimming pool, a beautiful terrace, community room, and much more. In the first column, we only know a new house is purchased.
In the second column, we know the location, it is a two-room apartment that has huge playground, swimming pool, a beautiful terrace, community room.
I enjoyed Sunday. I enjoyed Sunday. I and my friend watched a movie at a popular theatre in the city while munching on cheese popcorn. After that, we did a bit of shopping and had cold coffee to beat the humid weather. In the first column, we only know that the writer enjoyed the Sunday. In the second column, we know that they watched a movie, had cheese popcorn, did shopping, and had cold coffee as the weather was humid.
  • In the above examples, the sentences in the second column are descriptive as it includes specific words to help the reader understand better.
  • Each of the sentences in the second column has one sensory detail using adjectives or verbs, or nouns.

Common Mistake

  1. Too much of sensory details can make it difficult for the reader to remember the details and not distract them. Use it appropriately.
  2. Use sense verbs correctly in a sentence to show the use of sensory details. Sense or sensory verbs define the five senses: hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting, and touching. Use adjectives with sense verbs than adverbs.
  • The English grammar rule is to modify verbs with adverbs. However, in this case, sense verbs must be changed by adjectives and not adverbs.

    Example:

    To me, Rajitha looked happy.
    To me, Rajita looked happily.
    The food tasted bitter.
    The food tasted bitterly.

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