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What is metaphor(Metaphor- usages)

Metaphor is one the figure of speech which modifies an object or action so as it isn’t literally true. Generally Speech is classified into two: 1. Parts of speech    2. Figure of speech
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Metaphor usages  and Figure of speech

Metaphor is a figure of speech that modifies an object or action so as it isn’t literally true, but helps explain an idea or make a comparison between two different classes. With metaphors, words or phrases that are ordinarily applied to one thing are applied to something you wouldn’t necessarily pair it with.

(E.g.)  Marry is a couch potato.
In this sentence Mary is a person who is compared with couch potato. Though he is a man,
potato is a vegetable. We have compared their quality.

Here are the basics:

  • metaphor states that one thing is another thing.
  • It equates those two things not because they actually are the same, but for the sake of comparison or symbolism.
  • If you take a metaphor literally, it will probably sound very strange (are there actually any sheep, black or otherwise, in your family?)
  • Metaphors are used in poetry, literature, and anytime someone wants to add some color to their language.

Some common examples for metaphor:

  1. He is a shining star.
  2. Time is money.
  3. Kim is chicken.
  4. John is a lion.
  5. Tom is a cat.
  6. My brother is a dragon.
  7. His heart is a rock.
  8. Hard work is the key of success.
  9. Her eye were fire flies.
  10. My words are chain of wood.

Metaphor Definition and Examples

  • When we make comparison between two unlike things without the connectives.
  • A word or phrase for one thing that is used to refer to another thing in order to show or suggest that they are similar
  • An object, activity, or idea that is used as a symbol of something else


Metaphors are a form of figurative language, which refers to words or expressions that mean something different from their literal definition. In the case of metaphors, the literal interpretation would often be pretty silly.

Metaphors are mostly used in literature, poetry, music, and writing, but also in speech.

 “Metaphorically speaking,” the purpose of this type of speaking should not be taken serious because it probably means that you shouldn’t take what they said as the truth, but as more of an idea. For example, Kim is a chicken. So this is an example of speaking metaphorically or figuratively.

Metaphors can make your words come to life (or in the case of the exam, to death). Often, you can use a metaphor to make your subject more relate-able to the reader or to make a complex thought easier to understand. They can also be a tremendous help when you want to enhance your writing with imagery. As a common figure of speech, metaphors turn up everywhere from novels and films to presidential speeches and even popular songs. When they’re especially good, they’re hard to miss.

Take these famous metaphor examples:

All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances.

William Shakespeare

America has tossed its cap over the wall of space.

John F. Kennedy

Chaos is a friend of mine.

Bob Dylan

A good conscience is a continual Christmas.

Benjamin Franklin

what is Simile?

What is simile?

It is a comparison made between two items from different classes with the help of connectives  

Such as: ‘like’ ‘as’ ‘than’ or by the use of some verbs like: seems, appears.

Some common examples:

  1. He fought like a lion.

In this sentence we have compared a human with a lion. It means that his fighting was like a lion that fights very dangerously in forest. No any animal can resist against lion.

Note: If the objects compared are from the same class than there is no similes.

Such as:    He is like him.

Because both of them are human and from same class.

Some common example of simile.

  1. The baby is as cute as kitten.
  2. She is as ugly as a monkey.
  3. They fought like cats and dogs.
  4. She eats like a horse.
  5. Her eyes are like the eyes of a hawk.
  6. The man smokes like a chimney.
  7. Their eyes were shining like a star.
  8. Labor should be as busy as a bee.
  9. I am as brave as a lion.
  10. My love is like a red rose.

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