This time let’s take a look at metaphors.
Metaphors are used every day all day in English, casual, business or otherwise. A metaphor is a statement that says one thing is another thing that it definitely is not. They are also often made up by using a word or expression said in its non-literal sense or way. Metaphors are used to help depict or explain something by comparing it to something else.
Here are a couple of types of metaphors:
A) A statement that says one thing is another thing that it definitely is not.
・”It is cold as hell today!”
As we all know, hell is supposed to be a very hot place, but we compare two things that have no obvious connection to make a powerful point.
Here are a few more examples:
・Love is a battlefield (Love is not literally a battlefield, but it can be like fighting on one sometimes);
・Your room is a pigpen! (The room is not literally a pigpen, but it is very dirty like one);
・Time is a thief (time is not literally a thief, but it can feel like it steals your life away);
・My dad is a big teddy bear (dad is not literally a teddy bear, but he is soft and loving like one);
B) A word or expression said in its non-literal sense or way.
・”This road knows how to throw you off your bicycle”.
We all know that a road literally cannot know anything. Here we use the word “know” as a figure of speech to apply it to an object or action which literally cannot be true. Basically this statement means “this road is very difficult to ride a bicycle on”.
Here are some more examples:
・He gave Tom an icy look (the look is not literally icy) – this means he stared at Tom very hard and not in a nice way.
・He burned her with his words (he did not literally burn her) – this means he hurt her feelings with his words.
I hope you get the gist of these a little now.
Try putting some metaphors you know in your own language into English in your writing to make a point in the future! It can emphasize a point and make your work interesting to read!
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