Character Traits Worksheets
It's important to be able
your own personality or someone else's, so get some practice with
these character traits worksheets. You can learn some common words that
are useful in describing what a person is like and practice using them.
These worksheets include examples and illustrations.
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(also called personality
) are qualities or characteristics that describe
what a person is like.
We usually use adjectives
to describe someone's personality, but we can also use nouns
We use these words to respond to the question: What is he or she like?
This is a question that asks about someone's personality
Do not confuse the two questions below. They ask about different things!
- What is he or she like? --> personality
- What does he or she look like? --> physical appearance
- What is she like?
- She is blonde, short, and athletic.
- What is she like?
- She is intelligent and funny.
Now that we know how to ask about someone's personality, let's find out
how to answer!
First, let's go over some of the most common adjectives and nouns that
are used to describe people's personalities and how to form sentences
with them. At the bottom of this page, you will find exercises to
practice using character traits.
Character trait adjectives
When we use an adjective
to describe someone's personality, we use the
For example: Dora is
In this sentence, the word organized
is a character
. It tells us something about Dora's personality.
What is Dora like? She is organized
It's a good idea to learn character trait vocabulary using
opposites or words that mean the same thing. Look at the following
- organized / neat ≠ disorganized / messy
- active / energetic ≠ inactive / lazy
- responsible ≠ irresponsible
- fun ≠ boring
As you learn new words to describe someone's personality, it's a
good idea to keep a list or a notebook using all the opposites (or antonyms
and words that mean the same thing (synonyms)
that you can. Write your own examples to help you remember the pairs of
These words above are all adjectives
When we talk about someone's personality using an adjective, we use
|subject + BE + character trait adjective
If we want to use multiple character traits in the sentence, we use
Gary the magician is
This sentence tells us information about Gary's personality using three
which are separated by commas.
What is Gary like? He is funny
Character trait nouns
Sometimes we use nouns
to talk about someone's personality.
. He likes to run with his teammates!
What is Harold like? He is a team
Did you notice the difference? When we use a noun
to describe someone's personality, we can use this structure:
|subject + BE + a/an + character trait noun
When we use a noun, we must use a/an
before the character trait noun. Nouns are less common that adjectives
to describe someone's personality, but here are a few common character
- leader ≠ follower
- team player ≠ loner
- winner ≠ loser
- saint ≠ devil
As you have probably noticed, we can divide character traits into the
Some characteristics are desirable in people, and others are not!
What kind of people do you like to work with or spend time with? Look
at the table below. If you need to, be sure to use a good dictionary
to find the meaning of any words you don't know!
|outgoing / social
Exercise A: Character trait adjectives
Choose the best answer to complete the sentence that describes each
They are very ____________!
Melanie is ____________.
Cheryl is so ____________!
Elizabeth is quite ____________.
Mr. Alfredson is a bit ____________.
Exercise B: Character trait nouns
Match the character trait nouns from the list with the pictures below.
devil - romantic
- winner - leader
Eddie is a real ____________!
Gretchen is a ____________!
Ronny is a little ____________!
Mikey doesn't really like to play with other children. He is more of a
Everyone follows Angela, the dance teacher. She is
Exercise C: Character trait synonyms
Match the words from the list below with their synonyms in the table.
- nice - smart -
social - inactive
Exercise D: Character trait antonyms
Use the correct word from the list below to complete the sentences for
each picture. Each sentence contains an antonym (a word with the
- messy - smart
- dishonest - nervous
Kristen reads all the time. She isn't stupid
she's very ____________!
Look at all that disorder! Lydia isn't neat
Don can't ever sit still. He isn't calm
Look at Evelyn with all those forms! She isn't lazy
That man stole all that money! He isn't honest
he's terribly ____________!
They are very energetic
2. Melanie is curious
3. Cheryl is so talkative
4. Elizabeth is quite active
5. Mr. Alfredson is a bit careless
1. Eddie is a real romantic
2. Gretchen is a winner
3. Ronny is a little devil
4. Mikey doesn't really like to play with other children. He is more of
5. Everyone follows Angela, the dance teacher. She is a leader
1. outgoing - social
2. shy - timid
3. intelligent - smart
4. kind - nice
5. lazy - inactive
1. Kristen reads all the time. She isn't stupid; she's very smart
2. Look at all that disorder! Lydia isn't neat; she's quite messy
3. Don can't ever sit still. He isn't calm; he's so nervous
4. Look at Evelyn with all those forms! She isn't lazy; she's very hard-working
5. That man stole all that money! He isn't honest; he's terribly dishonest