The language for physical descriptions in English is quite specific depending on the physical characteristic you are describing.
When giving physical descriptions, the two most common verbs to use are BE and HAVE, however, they are quite specific.
We use BE for: height, weight, skin colour.
We use HAVE for: hair (length), hair (style), hair (colour) and facial features.
Short - Medium height - Tall
Skinny - Thin - Slim - Medium weight - chubby - fat - overweight - obese
Fair-skinned - Tanned - Dark-skinned
Short - Medium length - Long
Straight - Wavy - Curly
Beard - Black Eye - Moustache - Pimples
Mole - Scar - Wart - Wrinkles
- Chris is medium height.
- Tanya has blonde hair.
- Albert is overweight.
- Donna has curly hair and is tanned.
- Patrick has a long beard and he also has a black eye right now.
- Tony is tall and has medium length hair.
If you want to combine hair characteristics together in the same sentence, then the structure is:
Length + Style + Colour + Hair
- Michael has short curly black hair.
- Mary has long wavy brown hair.
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