Rob and Stephen look at some words used to describe people’s character and nouns that have become verbs. How on earth did that happen?

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Hello Nusly Martinez,

'Fair' can actually be both. I think 'appearance' is the more common use (fair hair, fair skin, a fair complexion) but in the sense of 'not being unfair' it can also describe character.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Peter thank you very much. Next time I going to think in differents meaning that a word has. I have to eliminate Spanish of my phone in order it no changes that I'm writing. Sorry by the Spanish words; above.

I listened Rob said l"ook like" to appearance, the other word for character is? I couldn't listen very well. Would you please help me with this. Thank you very much.

Hello Nusly Martinez,

Rob says 'look like' for appearance and 'are like' for character.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Than you a lot, Peter.

These tasks are very useful for me. Some of these words which is used to describe people's appearance and people's character I didn't know it before. So thank you very much for all your effort to help my English.
Actually, my English is not very good. Thus, If my comment makes mistakes, could you help me correct it?
Thank you!

Hello Rosie,

Thanks for your kind comment - we're certainly glad you found the tasks useful. If you have a question about a specific phrase or sentence on the page, then we can help you with that, but I'm afraid we don't provide the service of correcting users' mistakes in their comments or texts. But please keep writing comments! It's good practice for you and other users will often respond.

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Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

very good lesson. THANKS

Thanks. But I wonder that we use "fair" like an adjective for describe a character or appearance. I thougt ıt is an adjective for descire character. I am a little confused.

Hello Erdem1982,

Words can have multiple meanings. 'Fair' can refer to character (meaning 'just') or to appearance (meaning 'light-coloured'). It can have other meanings too - use the dictionary on the right of this page to see a full list with examples.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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