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Description Paragraphs

In a description paragraph, you are writing about what a person, place, or thing is like. Sometimes, you may describe where a place is located.

Write a paragraph describing what a polar bear looks like.
Describe where Canada's industry is located.

The following words can help you to write a good description paragraph:

Properties Example
size Polar bears are big in size.
color Polar bears are usually white in color.
shape Polar bears have a special shape.
purpose The purpose of the polar bear's fur is to keep it warm.

Measurement Example
length The length of a polar bear's claws is 20 cm.
width The width of a polar bear's head is about 50 cm.
mass/weight Polar bears weigh up to 650 kg.
speed Polar bears can swim at a speed of 40 km per hour.

Analogy Example
is like A polar bear is like other bears in shape.
resembles A polar bear resembles other bears in shape.

Location Example
in Most of Canada's manufacturing is located in Ontario and Quebec.
above The ceiling is above us.
below Most of Ontario is below Hudson Bay.
beside Quebec is located beside Ontario.
near Many companies are located near Toronto.
north/south/east/west Ontario is west of Quebec.

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