Common Mistakes students make when talking about appearance
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Common Mistakes students make when talking about appearance

What does 'appearance' mean?  What a person looks like. What a thing looks like. Both A and B.  The correct answer is C – the word appearance is used to talk about both a person’s looks and also the look of a thing. But how do we use them in context? Let’s take a look. Thing(s) Art can have a considerable effect on the appearance of public spaces.  It’s amazing how a little paint can make a difference to the appearance of a room.  Artificial ingredients are sometimes added to enhance the taste or appearance of food.  Notice the collocation regarding things – the appearance of … Person Some people spend hours on their appearance.  He caught sight of his appearance in the shop window.  When you’re asked to describe someone’s appearance you would use vocabulary to describe their face, body, hair and clothes. More on this later.  Appearance Vs Looks Have you heard the expression ‘good looks’ before? This is used to talk about how attractive a person is but does not include their clothes.  Choose the correct word. 1. He got the acting job based on his good appearance/looks not his talent.  2. She’s a bit scruffy and doesn’t really pay attention to her appearance/looks.    The answers are: 1. He got the acting job based on his good looks not his talent.  The correct answer is good looks as it is talking about how attractive a person is. 2. She’s a bit scruffy and doesn’t really pay attention to her appearance.  The correct answer is appearance as the sentence is talking about everything about her including her clothes.    Here’s a worksheet that focuses on the vocabulary used to talk about a person’s appearance. How did you get on? Check your work against the model answer. In the IELTS Speaking test you may be asked to talk about a person. The vocabulary in this blog is designed to help you in answering a question like that.  If you’re aiming for a band score of 6.5 and above in your Speaking test here’s a worksheet with some more advanced language on the same topic. A bit of fun Can you guess the idiom related to appearance? You can’t👨🏾‍⚖️ a 📖 by its cover.  You can’t judge a book by its cover. This means you can’t know what someone is like by only looking at a person’s appearance.  So true! But here is a book that you can judge from its cover.  IELTS Common Mistakes for bands 6-7 is a book which looks at the real errors made by students in actual IELTS tests and explains how to avoid them.  Hope you found this useful, Liz   Listen to my recent podcast episode, Emma and I discuss words students use incorrectly both in the classroom and in the IELTS test:

Liz Marqueiro

23 March, 2021

Common Mistakes students make when talking about appearance

Common Mistakes students make when talking about appearance

What does 'appearance' mean?
  1. What a person looks like.
  2. What a thing looks like.
  3. Both A and B.

The correct answer is C – the word appearance is used to talk about both a person’s looks and also the look of a thing. But how do we use them in context? Let’s take a look.

Thing(s)

  • Art can have a considerable effect on the appearance of public spaces.
  • It’s amazing how a little paint can make a difference to the appearance of a room.
  • Artificial ingredients are sometimes added to enhance the taste or appearance of food.

Notice the collocation regarding things – the appearance of …

Person

  • Some people spend hours on their appearance.
  • He caught sight of his appearance in the shop window.

When you’re asked to describe someone’s appearance you would use vocabulary to describe their face, body, hair and clothes. More on this later.

Appearance Vs Looks

Have you heard the expression ‘good looks’ before? This is used to talk about how attractive a person is but does not include their clothes.

Choose the correct word.

1. He got the acting job based on his good appearance/looks not his talent.

2. She’s a bit scruffy and doesn’t really pay attention to her appearance/looks.

 

The answers are:

1. He got the acting job based on his good looks not his talent.

The correct answer is good looks as it is talking about how attractive a person is.

2. She’s a bit scruffy and doesn’t really pay attention to her appearance.

The correct answer is appearance as the sentence is talking about everything about her including her clothes.

 

Here’s a worksheet that focuses on the vocabulary used to talk about a person’s appearance.

Download Worksheet

How did you get on? Check your work against the model answer.

In the IELTS Speaking test you may be asked to talk about a person. The vocabulary in this blog is designed to help you in answering a question like that.

If you’re aiming for a band score of 6.5 and above in your Speaking test here’s a worksheet with some more advanced language on the same topic.

Download Worksheet


A bit of fun

Can you guess the idiom related to appearance?

You can’t👨🏾️ a 📖 by its cover.

You can’t judge a book by its cover. This means you can’t know what someone is like by only looking at a person’s appearance.

So true!


But here is a book that you can judge from its cover.

IELTS Common Mistakes for bands 6-7 is a book which looks at the real errors made by students in actual IELTS tests and explains how to avoid them.

Hope you found this useful,

Liz

 

Listen to my recent podcast episode, Emma and I discuss words students use incorrectly both in the classroom and in the IELTS test:

Liz Marqueiro

Liz has been teaching IELTS around the world for over 25 years.

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