1. Adjectives for personality

1. Adjectives for personality

Planning Sam's birthday party

Main practice: Adjectives to describe personality
Revision:           Present Perfect  -  end up (Phrasal Verb)  -  no matter

bad-tempered - gets angry easily

bossy - likes to order people around 

chatty - (informal) talkative

(to) end up - (phrasal verb) eventually, i.e.
  • He worked so hard he got stressed out and ended up in hospital.
  • We had dinner, went to a movie, then had a walk and ended up at Sue's house for coffee.

I'm afraid - I reget this, and is often a way of apologising, i.e.
  • I'm afraid I can't come to your party, we're going on holiday that day.
  • I'm sorry, I'm afraid you didn't get the job. We're looking for someone who can start immediately.

-  (slang) to a great extent; very, i.e.
  • She's mega-rich.
  • I was mega-tired after my shift in the restaurant. 

(a) mouthful - (slang) to give someone a mouthful, to criticise them in a bold and forceful
                              manner, i.e.
  • The manager was so rude to me so I gave her a mouthful

no matter  -  (Idiom) despite; irrespective of. Often followed by a relative pronoun, what,
how why, (also if) etc. i.e.
  • No matter if its raining this afternoon, we're still  going to go for a walk.
  • No matter what he says to me, I'm not going to get angry.
  • No matter how tired I am after work, I am going to play tennis.
  • No matter where your house is, we'll find it and get to your party.
  • No matter why he wants the money, don't lend it to him: he'll never pay you back.

obnoxious - someone who is being offensive and unpleasant

over-bearing - a person who is arrogant and bossy

witty - using words in a way that is clever and funny

snob - someone who considers themselves socially superior; often because they are rich or
             were born in a certain family

sociable - very friendly


Sam is having a birthday party. She and her husband, Bill, are discussing who to invite.

Complete the sentences. 

Bill:   So, have you decided who to invite to your party?

Sam:  Yes, I think so.

Bill:    I hope your Uncle David isn't coming. He was so angry and last time. 
             Do you remember, he argued with Tim about politics and ended up shouting at him?

Sam:  I have to invite him, Bill, he's family. But at the dinner I'll sit him
             next to my sister,  Lucy, she's very and friendly.

Bill:   Are you going to invite your editor?

Sam:  Rose? Yes, she's lovely. She's very chatty and witty with lots of good stories
            that will entertain everybody.

Bill:   And, of course, my mega-successful, very rich brother.

Sam:  Yes, we have to invite Julian, I'm afraid. I know he's arrogant and
            * but he is your brother.

Bill:   It's his wife, Bianca, I really can't stand. God, she's such a snob, so bossy and 
            *. If she criticises Katie's clothes again I think Katie will give her a 

Sam:  No, she won't. I want a happy evening. I've spoken to Katie, who's
            promised not to get angry, no matter how unpleasant Bianca is.

*This is the slightly better match but over-bearing and obnoxious are interchangeable here.


Complete the sentences with the language you've practised.

sociable  -  obnoxious  -  bad-tempered  -  over-bearing   

1.   -  What's your new manager like?
      -  Very , he tries to get things done by bossing the other
          staff in a very arrogant and unpleasant way.

2.   I can't *get on with my sister these days, she's always
      about everything and gets angry for no reason.

3.   Oh, he's very , very friendly, a good mixer, a real ‘*people person'.

4.   She is so I've never met anyone who's so insulting and nasty
      to people. *I bet she doesn't have many friends.

* to get on with someone - have a good relationship
* a people person - (Informal) someone who likes being with people
* I bet - I'm certain