In Years 7 or 8 and  not sure how to expand your vocabulary or looking for some help to spice up your next English task? Then this Years 7 and 8 vocabulary list is for you!

We’ve put together a list of words, including verbs and adjectives to help you in your English writing journey!

Knowing a variety of verbs and adjectives, especially, will help you with your essays and creative pieces.

We’ve also included vocabulary and examples that are sure to help you avoid a repetitive essay!

What are you waiting for? Let’s dive in!



Verbs are words used to describe an action, state or occurrence. They are especially useful for essays when you want to demonstrate the effect of a technique.

To have an effect on; make a difference to
‘The heat began to affect my health.’
To examine something in detail, typically in order to explain and interpret it
‘We need to analyse the text more clearly.’
To give official permission for or approval to‘The teacher had declined to authorise the visit to the park.’
To make something happen or exist; to be the cause of something
‘He swerved and caused an accident.’
To clearly show the existence of something by giving proof of evidence
‘The use of metaphor hence demonstrates the character’s laziness.’

‘He was trying to demonstrate how the accident occurred.’
To give form to; express, personify, or exemplify in concrete form
‘He had begun to embody his father, who he had once scorned.’

‘The personified mountain embodies the harshness of the land.’
To put out (i.e. a flame)

To put an end to; destroy
‘A person’s habits are hard to extinguish entirely.’
To draw special attention to‘The issues were highlighted in the report.’

‘The author’s use of persuasion highlights his bias point of view.’
To serve as an example of

To provide (i.e. a newspaper) with images
‘The long list illustrated his skill in organisation.’
To indicate or suggest without explicit statement‘Her apparent forgetfulness seemed to imply a lack of care.’
To conclude by reasoning rather than an explicit statement

To hint or suggest
‘From the use of exclamation marks, I could infer her excitement.’
To bring about by discussion

To deal or bargain with others
‘There were calls for the government to negotiate with other nations.’
To assume or suppose‘I presume you are tired from the long drive?’
To serve to express, stand for or symbolise something else
‘The use of visual imagery here represents the character’s death.’
ThriveTo prosper or flourish
‘Where there is a lack of hygiene, rats thrive.’

‘He thrives to please his mother.’
VicariousTo feel through the imagined experience of someone else

To act in someone else’s place
‘The advertisement brings vicarious pleasure in luxury living.’


Adjectives are words that describe something, often a noun. They are useful in both essays and creative writing pieces.

AskewOut of line; crooked
‘His clothes are all askew.’
Large in number and quantity; abundant‘She consumed a copious amount of thriller books that summer.’
Serving to declare, make known or explain‘He was making a declarative statement rather than a passive one.’

‘The declarative sentence highlights a sense of passion.’
Understanding or sharing the feeling of others‘She talked to the tearful child in an empathetic manner.’
(of people) Fond of company; sociable

(of animals) Living in a herd
‘His gregarious nature attracted friends easily.’
ImaginativeShowing or having creativity or inventiveness

Lacking truth; fanciful
‘His paintings were an imaginative take on his hometown.’

‘The imaginative world of Harry Potter has hooked millions of families.’
ImperativeNecessary or required; unavoidable‘“Stop!” He commanded in an imperative voice.’
Clever, original and inventive‘His ingenious design rocked the industry.’
Following a long-winded course‘His meandering voice never failed to put his students to sleep.’
Insensitive or slow to understand‘He often wondered if his sister was deliberately obtuse.’
Intended to persuade‘His passion made his argument all the more persuasive.’
Difficult to control; wildly boisterous ‘He was a rambunctious child.’

Insufficient to meet demand; occurring in small numbers‘Meat was scarce during the war.’
Relating to the senses or sensation; transmitted or perceived by the senses‘The lush rainforest was a sensory experience.’
TranquilFree from disturbance; calm‘Early mornings are the best for a tranquil stroll.’

Already know all these words?

The best way to expand your vocabulary is to read! Read wide and read often and you’re sure to be storing up a fantastic range of words.

If you’re not sure what to read, check out our year 7 and 8 reading list here.

We hope this article gets you started on expanding your vocabulary!

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Millicent Tai hopes to one day become a full-time teacher and is currently studying a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Science at UNSW. She enjoys tutoring students at Art of Smart in English and Maths and has loved reading and writing for as long as she can remember. In her spare time, you can find her avidly reading Christian biographies or fishing in Animal Crossing.