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II. Replace the underlined word in each sentence with a word which is either more suitable or more polite.

Describing appearance I

General

Positive: beautiful is generally used to describe women; handsome is used to describe men; good-looking is used for both; pretty is another positive word to describe a woman (often a girl) meaning 'attractive and nice to look at'.

Negative: ugly is the most negative word to describe someone; plain is more polite.

Height and build


tall and slim medium heightand build short and fat medium height and very muscular

Note: Another word for slim is thin, but slim has a more positive meaning, e.g. John is lovely and slim, but his brother is terribly thin. Skinny also has the same meaning but is very negative. It is not very polite to say someone is fat; overweight is more neutral and polite.

Hair

straight wavy curly  

 

Special features The man on the left has got very pale skin(= white skin). He also has broad shoulders,with a small scar at the top of his left arm. The other man has dark skin.He also has a beardand moustacheand quite a hairy chestand a tattoo.

Asking questions about a person's appearance

Q: What does she look like? Q: How tallis she? Q: How muchdoes she weigh? A: She's quite tall, with short fair hair. A: About 1 metre 65. A: I don't know and it may be rude to ask. Probably about 45 kilos.

 

 

Exercises

I. Complete these sentences in a suitable way. (More than one answer may be possible.)

1. She's got blonde ...... 6. She doesn't like men with hairy ...

2. He's got very pale .. 7. Last time I saw him he had grown a

3. They've both got curly 8. He's got very muscular

4. I would say he was medium 9. Both men were very good- ..

5. Her brother has got very broad 10. All of them have got dark

II. Replace the underlined word in each sentence with a word which is either more suitable or more polite.

1. He told me he met a handsome girl in the disco last night.

2. She's beautiful but her younger sister is really quite ugly.

3. I think Peter is getting a bit fat, don't you?

4. Most people want to stay slim, but not as skinny as that girl over there.

5. I think she's hoping she'll meet a few beautiful men at the tennis club.

III. You want to know about the following:

- someone's general appearance - their height - their weight

What questions do you need to ask? Complete these questions.

What ..?

How .?

How much ?


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