What is figurative language?
What is figurative language? Examples?
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*What is figurative language? *
Whenever you describe something by comparing it with something else, you
are using figurative language.
A simile uses the words like or as to compare one object or idea
with another to suggest they are alike.*
Example: busy as a bee*
The metaphor states a fact or draws a verbal picture by the use of
comparison. A simile would say you are like something; a metaphor is more
positive - it says you are something. *
Example: You are what you eat.*
A figure of speech in which human characteristics are given to an animal or
* Example: My teddy bear gave me a hug.*
The repetition of the same initial letter, sound, or group of sounds in a
series of words. Alliteration includes tongue twisters.
* Example: She sells seashells by the seashore.*
The use of a word to describe or imitate a natural sound or the sound made
by an object or an action.
* Example: snap crackle pop *
An exaggeration that is so dramatic that no one would believe the statement
is true. Tall tales are hyperboles.
*Example: He was so hungry, he ate that whole cornfield for lunch, stalks
According to Webster's Dictionary, an idiom is defined as: peculiar to
itself either grammatically (as no, it wasn't me) or in having a meaning
that cannot be derived from the conjoined meanings of its elements.
*Example:* Monday week for "the Monday a week after next Monday"
A cliché is an expression that has been used so often that it
Literal and figurative language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
** Literal and figurative language **
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When "She is as pretty as a daisy" is used to describe the woman on the
left, it is a figurative use of language - it does not mean that she looks
like a daisy. When "She is as pretty as a daisy" is used to describe the
woman on the right, it is used in literal manner - she has the petals and
leaves of a flower.
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*Literal and figurative language* is a distinction within some fields of
language analysis. Literal language refers to words that do not deviate
from their defined meaning. Non-literal or figurative language refers to
words, and groups of words, that exaggerate or alter the usual meanings of
the component words.
A literal usage is the "normal" meanings of the words.^ It maintains a
consistent meaning regardless of the context,^ with "the intended
meaning correspond[ing] exactly to the meaning" of the individual
words.^ Figurative use of language is the use of words or phrases in a
manner where the literal meaning of
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