English for Speakers of Other Languages

15. Describe People Places & Things in Detail

Level: Intermediate

Corresponding State Language Forms

Elaborated sentences using has/have/had or is/are/were with nouns and adjectives.

Elaborated sentences with subject/verb/object.

At the end of this language function, students will be able to...

  • Describe people places and things using present and past tenses
  • Describe people, places and things using sensory details
  • Ask questions and make statements about objects and people

Sample Language Patterns:

Describe people places and things using present and past tenses:
  • My/your/his/her/their ___ (noun) is/are/was/were ___ (adj.)
  • My/your/his/her/their ___ (noun) is/are/was/wer ___ (adj.) and ___ (adj.)
  • He/she/it has/had ___ (adj.) ___ (noun) and ___ (adj.) ___ (noun)
  • I/you/they have/had ___ (adj.) ___ (noun) and ___ (adj.) ___ (noun)
  • It was/were ___ and it has/had ___.
  • She ___ (verb in present/past) her ___ (noun) ___ (prepositional phrase).
  • I have a ___ thatís ___ and ___.
  • I have a ___ and ___ ___.
  • I have a ___ thatís ___ and ___ with ___.
  • I have a ___ and ___ ___ with ___.
Describe people, places and things using sensory details:
  • Describe why __ is ___.
  • Describe why ___ was ___.
  • It looks ___.
  • It feels ___.
  • It smells ___.
  • It sounds ___.
  • It tastes ___.
  • It looks like ___.
  • It feels like ___.
  • It smells like ___.
  • It sounds like ___.
  • It tastes like ___.
Ask questions and make statements about objects and people:
  • What does/did your ___ (noun) ___ (verb) like?
  • My ___ (noun) ___ (verb in present or past) like ___ (noun).
  • How would you describe ___ (noun)?
  • He/She/It has/had ___ (noun), ___ (noun) and ___ (noun).
  • He/She/It is/was/were ___ (adjective), ___ (adjective) and ___ (adjective).