Sample Descriptive Paragraph

To effectively prepare for coursework in the sciences, nursing, and business, students need to learn how to write objective descriptive paragraphs. These paragraphs use specific, objective language to create visual depictions. Subjective statements, explanatory narrative, and personal impressions should be avoided. An example of an objective descriptive paragraph is presented below:

  The Coffee Mug

       This particular coffee mug is a ceramic hot beverage holder that is three inches high and two inches in diameter at the mouth. The mug tapers down to one-and-a-half inches at its base. The mug also has a handle that is in the shape of a half heart. The interior of the mug is white, and the exterior is a rust-orange  color. All surfaces of the coffee mug are glazed. On the underside of the coffee mug is printed “MICROWAVE OVEN AND DISHWASHER SAFE” and “MADE IN CHINA”. The coffee mug has a capacity of twelve fluid ounces.


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