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					The Descriptive
     Paragraph
         Dr. J Figueroa
            INGL 3103
 You describe a place, a thing, or a person.
 The writing is logical not chronological.
 The sentences and details are arranged
  according to where the objects described
  are located.




Writing
   No set pattern for arranging sentences.
   Not necessary to begin with one area and
    then proceed to another area.
   The description needs to be organized so the
    reader catches a vividly image.
   You become an artist with words.
   The arrangement of the details in your
    description depends on your subject and
    purpose.
   The description could focus on something
    that dominates the scene.




Description of a Place
 Details are organized spatially to give the
  reader a clear picture of the scene.
 Spatial expressions are adverbs of place
 Most are prepositional phrases (
  preposition + noun phrase)




Coherence
   On the second floor         In the corner
   Straight ahead              Along the back of the
   Under the windows            house
   On your left                Underneath the desk
   Over the table              Opposite the bed
   On the right hand side
                                From these heights
   Against the wall
   Above the bookcase
   Next to the toilet


Some expressions are
Exercise 1: Describe this room
 You need to describe and animate the
  subject
 You can describe the person’s style in
  many ways
    ◦   Clothing
    ◦   Walking style
    ◦   Color and style of hair
    ◦   Facial appearance
    ◦   Body shape
    ◦   Expression




Description of a Person
 Always logically arrange so you can
  envision
 Remember you are an artist
 Everyone needs to vivid your writing




Description of a Person
   An adjective clause modifies a noun and like
    and adverbial clause, cannot stand alone as a
    sentence.
   An adjective clause can be placed only after
    the noun it modifies; it can never be at the
    beginning of a sentences
   Example
    ◦ It’s a small mouth that looks delicate and feminine.
    ◦ As you walk into the room, you are stop short by
      my bed, which fills half the room.




Clauses
Exercise 2. Describe people

				
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