Describing people: Character II
D) One person's meat in another person's poison
Some characteristics can be either positive or negative depending on your point of view. The words in the right-hand column mena roughly the same as the words in the left-hand column except that they have negative rather than positive connotations.
Determined obstinate, stubborn, pig-headed.
Thrifty/economical miserly, mean, tight-fisted.
Self-assured self-important, arrogant, full of oneself.
Assertive aggressive, bossy (colloquial)
Original pecualiar, weird, eccentric, odd.
Frank/direct/open blunt, abrupt, brusque, curt.
Broad-minded unprincipled, permissive.
Inquiring inquisitive, nosy (colloquial)
Ambitious pushy (colloquial)
Exercice: Do the following exercice and check your answers below.
Match these words with their opposites.
1 clever introverted
2 extroverted tight-fisted
3 rude courteous
4 cruel gregarious
5 generous kind-hearted
6 unsociable halfd-witted.
- clever- half-witted3 rude - courteous5 generous - tight-fisted
- extroverted-introverted4 cruel - kind-hearted 6 unsociable - greagarious
Bibliography: English Vocabulary in Use. CUP. Michael MacCarthy, Felicity O'Dell.
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