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1. My boss is terrible … , walking around as if he were holding his salary cheque between his knees. His wife’s quite the opposite: … , as if she had just got off a horse. 2. I used to wear … suits until I decided that one button was far more suitable for … people such as myself. 3. My sister is so … and … she reminds me of one of those long thin wine bottles. 4. He’s Scandinavian, so he’s … and … , and looks far better in jeans than I do. 5. It looked as if United were going to return home … until Bradfield scored with an incredibly powerful … shot from outside the penalty area. 6. Off we go on holiday with visions of returning … and beautiful, forgetting that we always come back … and with peeling backs. 7. Hoskins, if you go on staring at that magazine any longer, you’ll go … . Now either be …, dear boy, and put it away or give it to me until the end of the lesson. 8. My boss is so …, always looking as if he knew tomorrow was going to be the end of the world. And his wife is so …; I have to keep a careful eye on my things when they come round to the house, or they just disappear. 9. Most … tennis players seem to win more easily against right-handers. Talking of tennis players, aren’t those professionals a … bunch, shouting all the time about how great they are? 10. A lot of liberal, … people find it difficult to accept that there is such a thing as … murder.

Exercise 13. Use compound adjectives instead of the italicised words. Make all the necessary changes in the sentence.

1. The woman had auburn hair and blue eyes. 2. He was a man of middle size with a red nose, ruddy cheeks and scanty hair. 3. The boxer was thick in the neck and broad in the shoulders. 4. The girl had rather small features, a snub nose and fair complexion. 5. A tall man with a round face and heavy muscles met us in the doorway.


Exercise 14. What do we say when:

1) a person looks older than he is; 2) a person greatly resembles one of his parents; 3) a person looks neither younger nor older than he is; 4) a person’s hands and face show that they are taken good care of; 5) a person has recovered from an illness or a shock and has become his own self again.


Exercise 15. Answer the following questions.

1. What colour eyes do you like most? 2. What is the difference between a near-sighted person and a long-sighted one? 3. How do you wear your hair? 4. What can happen to a person’s voice if he shouts too loudly or too long? 5. What complexion do blond people usually have? 6. With which fingers do we usually hold a pen or a pencil? 7. What does a hairdresser do? 8. What happens to a child’s milk teeth? 9. What do we call people who have lost their hair? 10. To what part of the ear are earrings attached? 11. When do men’s cheeks become stubby? 12. What is the difference between a sunburned and a swarthy face? 13. What kind of gait do old people often have? 14. How does hard manual work affect people’s hands? 15. Which element of your body – from split ends to toenails – do you wish were different in some way? 16. How important do you think physical appearance is for a happy successful life?


Exercise 16. Find English equivalents for the following words and word combinations.

1. a joint between the upper and the lower part of human arm; 2. the way somebody holds his or her head and body when walking; 3. a deep wrinkle on smb.’s forehead; 4. a harmless small brownish patch on somebody’s skin, usually one of a cluster, that becomes larger and deeper in colour when the skin is exposed to the sun; 5. skin, which is not soft and smooth, but rather coarse in texture; 6. a braid or bunch, often in pairs, into which the hair is either braided or gathered; 7. messed-up hair; 8. eyes having deep sockets; 9. face with inflamed skin; 10. a U-shaped piece of metal wire used to hold the hair in place. 11. the back part of a person’s foot immediately below the ankle; 12. a tooth in young mammals including humans that falls out in early life to be replaced by the adult tooth; 13. the arched line of hair above each eye socket. 14. soap for cleaning the hair and scalp, usually in liquid or gel form; 15. to be similar to somebody or something in appearance or behaviour; 16. rounded and somewhat overweight; 17. a kind of nose which is thin, curved, and pointed like an eagle’s beak; 18. a smile characterised by or showing a slightly ironic acceptance of something not particularly pleasant or desirable; 19. an oily cosmetic in stick form, in a plastic or metal tube, used to colour the lips; 20. face lacking appealing physical features.


Exercise 17. Complete each sentence with the appropriate word from the list below. Note that they are all adjectives made from parts of the body, and that bloody is a frequently used and not very rude swear word.

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