The Metaphor

18 Mar

Last week we looked at the “simile”, which uses comparison words “like” and “as… as” to compare two things. For example, “He never forgets anything – he has a memory like an elephant.” In other words, his memory is compared to the memory of an elephant.

The “metaphor” goes one step further. Look at this: “He never forgets anything – he has an elephant’s memory.” Now we’re saying that his memory actually is an elephant’s memory. (*)

Many metaphors have become everyday expressions:

English - metaphors(*) By the way, you can find more elephant metaphors here: “elephant in the room“, and “white elephant“.

 

Find out about other interesting tricks (“literary devices”) here:

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