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How to Write a Descriptive Paragraph

 

University Hassan II Mohammedia

Faculty of letters Department of English

 

English studies

Writing Paragraphs        Kesbi

 

How to Write a Descriptive Paragraph[1] 

Descriptive paragraphs let the reader touch, taste, see, hear and smell what you are describing. The reader should feel as if they can see what you are describing clearly. You want to paint a picture as you write the descriptive paragraph. Here are a few guidelines to help you write a great descriptive paragraph.

How to Write a Descriptive Paragraph

Instructions

1.       Describe particular smells and tastes in the paragraph. Use the most descriptive words possible to allow the reader to smell or taste what you are describing. For example: "The homemade cookies filled the air with the scent of warm chocolate, and the chocolate morsels filled your mouth with the taste of cocoa."

2.      Add the senses of touch and hearing to your paragraph wherever possible. Describe certain textures and sounds. For example: "The silk garment felt smooth and fluid over my skin, and it had the sound of a gentle breeze."

3.      Use similes and metaphors when you write your descriptive paragraph. These literary devices strengthen your paragraph if used properly.

4.      Insert descriptive adjectives to modify your nouns. Don't just say "blue ocean." Describe the actual colors you see in the ocean. Use more descriptive words such as aquamarine or indigo to describe the shade.

5.      Try personification to give human characteristics to inanimate objects. For example: "The tree stood proudly with her arms stretching toward the sky."

6.      Be sure to make your paragraph long enough to give an adequate description. Describe the scene or object in as many ways as you can, but check that your paragraph is coherent.



[1] http://www.ehow.com/how_2065748_write-descriptive-paragraph.html

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