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Think about the things about yourself that you really like. Are you a hard worker? Loyal? Funny? All of these words are adjectives that you can use to describe your personality. These adjectives are a way for you to communicate things about yourself to somebody who doesn’t know you.
When you include adjectives about personality in your writing, you are using fewer words to paint a picture for your reader. Even though you are using fewer words, you are using the words more effectively. This information is valuable when building characters, describing historical figures, and writing to make an impact.
With the correct word choice, these personality adjectives will do the heavy lifting for you when it comes to your writing, that is why it is important to know what these words are and how to use them.
Before we dig into our list of personality adjectives, we need to first understand what an adjective actually is!
An adjective is a part of speech, plain and simple! More importantly, the purpose of adjective words is that they modify nouns or pronouns in a sentence. When writing, you should be using adjective words to make your writing more interesting. Here are a few examples of adjective words: beautiful, crazy, fluffy.
Let’s take a look at an example of how using adjectives help us create awesome sentences!
As you can see the second sentence is much more appealing for the reader, compared to the first sentence.
There are many different kinds of adjectives, but the one that we are going to focus on are called attributive adjectives. Attributive adjectives are words that will expand on specific traits, qualities, and features.
Attributive adjectives modify more than just people, including observations, size/shape, age, color, origin, material, and qualifier adjectives.
This means that they are not limited to describing just personality, but also things like fabric, vehicles, towns, and more (basically any noun).
When using adjectives to describe a person’s personality, you can use one of two types of words: positive or negative.
When you use a positive adjective, you are creating a positive image of the character. Negative adjectives, on the other hand, spotlight the negative characteristics of a person (or character). These words are powerful in creating reader opinions, so choose the words wisely to communicate clearly.
Note: Some of the adjectives on this list can be used interchangeably as a positive and a negative. For example, the word silly is usually considered a positive word. But, in specific contexts, being silly could be a negative thing (like in an operating room!).
If you want to add adjectives to your writing to describe somebody’s personality, there are a few things to consider:
For example, pretend you are being asked to write a biography on the supreme court justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Since you have never met her, you can’t speak directly to her personality. But you can research her and learn about her. A quick Google search tells us that she went to Ivy League colleges, has been an advocate for women’s rights since 1971, and has recently been diagnosed with cancer (and is still very active).
Even though we most likely don’t personally know her, we can still describe her. For example, she seems intelligent, driven, and passionate. She is an advocate and unapologetic about the things she is passionate about.
See how picking out specific words creates an image of who this woman is, without ever meeting her?
The next time you are trying to define somebody’s personality, think about how your use of positive and negative adjectives paints a picture of somebody’s personality.
Adding adjectives to describe personality is a guaranteed way to increase the quality of your writing. Here are a few things to remember as you dig into writing with adjectives describing personality:
Are you stumped and looking for more help with your writing? ArgoPrep has an entire library filled with topics just like this one!
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