A face includes a person’s eyes, nose, lips, cheeks, chin, and forehead:


  • When Charles wakes up in the morning, he washes his face.
  • He has a smile on his face.
  • I may forget your name, but I never forget a face.

The word "face" is also a verb that indicates a direction or the direction in which someone is looking:

  • The students are facing the teacher. (This means they are in front of the teacher and they can see each other.)
  • This side of the house faces the north.
  • The opposite side of the house faces the south.
  • There are two people sitting at a table and facing each other.

Sometimes the word "face" is used to describe a person’s experience, now, in the past, or in the future:

  • Kevin is facing several problems at the same time.
  • Their family faced foreclosure of their home, but somehow they found the money they needed.
  • Sandra will face five to ten years in prison for the crimes she committed.
  • The city is faced with increasing costs due to climate change.

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September 22, 2014