What does three senses mean in a essay?It is for an English essay.

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Lorraine Caplan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I am going to make a guess here about your question, that you are assigned to write a descriptive essay. If that is the case, then you might have been instructed to include at least three senses in the essay.  So, let's talk about that.

We have five senses to use: sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste.  When we want to describe something to someone, we must draw upon those five senses to do so.  In writing a descriptive essay, the same is true.  If you are describing a person, place, or thing, the reader cannot possibly know what you are talking about unless you choose some details that rely on at least one of those five senses.  We call this sensory detail, and it is an important part of writing. 

An example of this might be a paper describing a football game. All five senses might be used to describe this event.  Some sensory details that could be used are the colors of the uniforms on the field, the smell of the vendors' food, the taste of the food, the sensation of cold,and the roar of the crowd when someone scores.  All of these can be described in ways that make the reader feel he or she is there. 

In this situation, if I understand you, you need to include three senses as you write a descriptive paper.  I have included a link that can give you more information on writing descriptive essays.  I hope I have answered the question you need answered.  Good luck to you!