Describing a person's appearance

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Describing a person's appearance is a language function.

We can generally describe a person using:

  • their ethnicity or race, typically as perceived by the describer as opposed to self-definition by the person concerned which is typically unknown.
  • skin colour
  • height (e.g. tall, short, medium-height)
  • build (e.g. skinny, stocky, muscular)
  • weight (e.g. overweight, obese, fat, thin)
  • hair colour
  • eye colour
  • for men, facial hair.

We tend to use adjectives with "copular be", e.g. "he is tall". However, with nouns we use "have" to show possession, e.g. "he has ginger hair".