ADJECTIVES DESCRIBE PERSONALITY
conservative traditional old-fashioned
shy/timid straightforward somber stern
up-tight nervous ill at ease stressed
aggressive irritating / vexing / infuriating
mysterious reserved friendly open
clever/ bright / intelligent cunning witty
cheerful lightheaded sullen gloomy
sharp /bitter pleasant /agreeable / charming eccentric /peculiar conventional consistent competent adept effective productive industrious responsible dependable / reliable
ambitious eager /enthusiastic /zealous
stable independent adventurous / curious
BUILDING VOCABULARY...idioms are phrases that mean something different from the individual words in it; idioms are common in English. Often a reader can infer (figure out) the meaning by other information (context clues). Match the idiomatic expression in the left column with the possible explanation in the column at the right.
Example: Where's the fire... means: Why are you in such a hurry?
1.He's afraid of his own shadow. ______ strange / unusual
2.He really rolls up his shirtsleeves. ______ blundered/doesn't understand
3.He's a ball of fire. He's an eager beaver. initiates, accomplishes things
4.He's asleep at the switch. He's asleep at the wheel. timid /fearful clumsy
5.He missed the boat. _____awkward extraordinary
6.I'm all thumbs! exceptional important /
7.He stands out in a crowd. He's a hard act to follow. influential not attentive
8.He has a screw loose. He's a character! unyielding / stubborn
9.She's on edge. He's uptight. We're edgy. energetic / enthusiastic hard
10.She leaves no stone unturned. worker / industrious unaware
11.He's a hard nut to crack. ignorant thorough / accurate
12.She has a heart of gold. generous / unselfish
13.He's the real McCoy. authentic / genuine nervous
14.He's a big wheel / bigwig / kingpin / top dog. high-strung can't do the job
15.He takes charge / makes tracks / gets the job done.
16.He's in la-la land. He's out of it! He's zoning.
17.He can't cut the mustard. He can't handle it.