#EngTips + #EngGame: Writing (3) – Creating Images using “like” and “as”

So, this evening some #EngTips on writing will be given, anyone ready for it?

Of course in creating a good writing, creating images through writing is quite an important element. Am I right? Images are a way of giving the reader a picture of what something is like just by using words.

Ada dua kata bahasa Inggris yang biasanya digunakan dalam membuat suatu penggambaran atau “images,” yaitu

1. Saying one thing is like something else (mengatakan suatu hal sperti suatu hal lainnya).


  • “The lights of the city shone like stars in the night sky.”
    • (“Lampu kota ini bersinar seperti bintang di malam hari.”)

Here “like stars in the night sky” gave the image of what the lights look like. Images tell you what the thing is like, not what it actually is.

Another example:

  • “The frog jumps like a ballerina.”
    • (“Katak itu lompat seperti penari ballet.”)

2. You can also use “as” in “Images sentences.”

Selain “like,” “as” juga bisa digunakan dalam hal penggambaran atau “images”.


  • “Tina walked as slow as a snail.”
    • (“Tina berjalan selambat bekicot.”)

Another example:

  • “They ate as if they had not eaten for years.”
    • (“Mereka makan seperti tidak makan bertahun-tahun.”)

The part “as if they had not eaten for years” was not actually true, but it helps readers to imagine how hungry they were. Even though images really help you in creating a beautiful writing, too much of it won’t be good either. Make sure you know when and where to put it. If you are not sure, why not show it to someone and see how they react to it.

“Semacam “shine bright like a diamond.” – @agnezrt :D

Yap that could be one example too :)

“Min @EnglishTips4U how many forms to use “as” in image sentence? What I got from examples are “as+adj+as” and “as+if”. any different?” – @sierrapritta

Based on the book that I am using for this session it does seem that “as+if” and “as+adj+as+noun” are the “as” forms in creating images in sentences.

So, what do you all think about it? Shall we practice it by a short #EngGame? Practice makes perfect. All you got to do is be as creative as possible in continuing the next sentences. Make sure it makes sense :)

Ready? Let’s start! Interesting and right answer gets an RT!


  1. “In this dark cave, the fire torch beamed like ___________ .”

  2. “Carl hugged Tina as if _________________.”

  3. “The stained glasses sparkled as ____________ as _______________.”

There you go! Will post your answers soon. :)



“”In this dark cave, the fire torch beamed like your love :”)” – @RindraRiza

“”In this dark cave, the fire torch beamed like the moon in the sky.” – @madhonn


“”Carl hugged Tina as if tomorrow never comes.” – @sierrapritta

“”Carl hugged Tina as if they’ve never met for years” – @hijabTIPS


“The stained glasses sparkled as colourful as rainbow.” – @vectoreza

“The stained glasses sparkled as bright as my idol all along.” – @ireneivankaw

Thank you for the #EngGame and #EngTips participation fellas :) Sorry could not RT you all, keep up the great work. I hope this session has been useful and give you more thoughts in writing :)

Source: Tips from CGP Book GCSE English Grammar, Game by @EnglishTips4U

Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4U on Monday, July 9, 2013



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