You may have heard a number of different words used to express " fat" or "thin "when describing people.Here are some examples : chubby plump overweight
all mean "fat" in some way , while
slim skinny frail
are some ways of saying "thin"
The reasons of the variety of expressions is that each word contains more in its meaning than just "fat " or " thin" . We use chubby or plump in an affectionate way, often to describe children. It can also be applied to other people and it's more polite than the word "fat" . Overweight is also more polite expression than the word "fat" and it's sometimes used in a clinical way, by doctors and officials.
Slim is a complimentary word for thinness, while skinny is slightly derogatory and suggests too thin.
Frail is used most often for old people and denotes weakness as well as thinness.
2- Can you pick out the suspects from the line-up below? [see pictures]
Police report file number : 253
At approximately 22:20 hours on the night of 22nd September, two people were seen getting out of an X-registered Ford Escort in Brixton High Street. They then forced entry to Jones' Jeweler's shop, and made off with valuables worth over £250,000. The alarm was raised by a passer-by, who told the police that the thieves were dressed all in black: one was a woman aged 30-35, with short, spiky hair, thick lips and dangly earrings. The other was described as male, 35-40 years of age, bald, with thick eyebrows
3- Match the opposites in the following list of character traits
4- Select the correct word to fill the gaps in the sentences below
a- I have just heard from a _______ source that this isn't the first time
such an accident has occurred.
b- I have complete faith in her; she has always been
a very _________ employee.
c- You should be more _______ towards people who have
different opinions from yours.
d- He's a very _______ child; he gets upset easily if the others tease him.
e- She's so _______ when she's not wearing her glasses; she trips over everything.
5- Decide which of the three words given is the correct one
a- Someone who is happy one day and miserable the next is_________.
b- If you've just passed an exam, you feel very ________ with yourself.
c- If you don't say 'please' and 'thank you' , then you' re not being very __________ .
d- Once you decide something, nothing will change your mind; you' re very _________ .
e- If you accept other people's points of view, you are ___________ .
f- You don't think before you speak; the moment you open your mouth, you say something_________.
g- If you' re always tripping over or breaking things, you are ____________ .
h- If you always arrive at meetings at the correct time, you are __________ .
Now write some sentences about yourself, including your positive and negative characteristics. Use some of the words above, as in the example:
e.g. I'm a loyal friend. I don't say things behind my friends' backs.